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 Washington residents, the overall poverty rate . . .
- was 13.9 percent in 2011, 10.6 percent in 1999, and 10.9 percent in 1989.
- was 13.9 percent compared to 15.9 percent in the U.S. in 2011.
- ranked 30th - from highest to lowest - out of the 50 states in 2011.