The poverty rate is the percentage of people living below the poverty level or “threshold.” Each year, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget establishes a series of poverty thresholds for different family sizes and ages of household heads.
Among Montana residents, the overall poverty rate . . .
- was 12.7 percent in 2017, 14.6 percent in 1999, and 16.1 percent in 1989.
- was 12.7 percent compared to 13.4 percent in the U.S. in 2017.
- ranked 26th - from highest to lowest - out of the 50 states in 2017.