A new report from the U-S Census Bureau looks at the level of poverty across the country – including Minnesota. The nation’s poverty rate jumped to 14
.3 percent last year – the highest in 16 years – but in Minnesota the percentage of people below the poverty line was 10.5 percent. That’s up nearly 2 percentage points from the year before. Still, Minnesota’s poverty rate is the 12th best among the states. Another measure is the median household income. Minnesota’s fell to its lowest level in 15 years. Even so, Minnesota’s median income of $55,404 ranked 13th among the states. As for the percentage of people lacking health insurance? It remained unchanged in Minnesota, at 8.8 percent.