ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The poverty rate inched up in Minnesota last year while incomes fell, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The state’s poverty rate increased from 11 percent in 2009 to 11.6 percent last year. The increase was even larger among children, from 14.1 percent of children living in poverty in 2009 to 15.2 percent in 2010.

Minnesota Public Radio News reported that median income in the state fell by more than $1,000 from $56,600 in 2009 to about $55,500 in 2010, after accounting for inflation.

American Community Survey estimates are determined through surveys of about 2 percent of the population, rather than the data taken from the bureau’s attempt to count everyone every 10 years.

The survey’s year-over-year estimates are only available for states, cities and counties with populations of 65,000 or more, which means that in Minnesota 2010 data is available for the state, 12 counties and eight cities.

While limited, the data is useful for annual comparisons. The U.S. Census Bureau said the changes in both median income and the poverty rate in Minnesota from 2009 to 2010 were statistically significant.

Minnesota remains better off than most other states in terms of median income and poverty statistics. It ranked 13th highest in median income, ahead of all the other Midwestern states. The poverty rate was 10th from the bottom, following several eastern states, Alaska, Hawaii and Wyoming.

St. Louis County had the lowest median income of the counties covered by the yearly data with $41,800. It also had the highest poverty rate at 17.9 percent, followed by Ramsey County at 17.2 percent. The poverty line was defined in 2010 as about $22,000 in income for a family of four.

Among cities, at least one in five people living in Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud and Duluth were living below the poverty line.

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Comments (15)
  1. GreatIdeas says:

    We are the only country where people in poverty are overweight… oh well…Let’s tax the Rich until everyone has the same income regardless of how hard they try or if they choose not to work etc. Then news reports like this will be a thing of the past!

    1. waste says:

      It is in Russia, look how well communism worked there. They are way better off than we are.
      We REALLY need to distribute more income to those who don’t contribute to those who do.
      Bring down the do’ers….

  2. Kevin says:

    Poverty increased….income decreased….but this has nothing to do with our MASSIVE immigrant population……Gosh…..Lets all move to Worthington…..and join all the illegals…

  3. Louie says:

    Of course the number of children in poverty is growing. The young women in poverty continue to have more children. If you are on welfare and can’t feed the ones you have, having more children is foolish and selfish, and definately irresponsible. .

    1. Dave says:

      That has been working for them for generations. Why stop now. When you state cuts you off, move to Minnesota.

  4. carol jay says:

    The wellfare seem to be doing well in St.Paul. I`ve never seen so many cadillac`s and other decked out fancy cars on the east side, the poor side of town were i live. They have cell phones, new clothes, the children all have new bikes. They live in houses new apts.all for low income. I`ve seen what they buy with there ebt cards at the grocery store, they eat well also.

    1. MARK says:

      carol, you should spend less time coveting your neighbors and more time reading. Your grammar gives me a headache.

      1. Jean says:

        It’s not that she’s coveting…she’s frustrated. It’s difficult to see people who don’t contribute to society getting more and more handouts while having more kids that keep the cycle going. The people who contribute to society and work for a living are tired of paying for those who don’t. They’re tired of paying for people who actually can live better than those who work due to handouts. Look at what the illegals are driving for example. The people who suck off of those who work cause tons of problems. ie: illegals, look at the drugs they’re bringing in. Makes me puke!

      2. louie says:

        Noticing and telling the truth does not mean coveting. We all get tired of seeing people with everything handed to them just because they have kids.
        Mark, stay on subject and quit nit picking.

        1. MARK says:

          Jean, I can’t tell who is illegal and who is not by looking at them, so I have no idea what they drive and what drugs they might bring in.

          If there are 100,000 working-age people looking for work and 90,000 jobs, what should we do with the remaining 10,000? I agree that there are plenty of moochers out there working the system, but I get tired of people pointing to the poor as the source of all their problems. I don’t think being poor in this state enables the glamorous lifestyle that carol describes.

      3. caroljay says:

        Mark do you realize what the majority of our property tax goes for. Health and human services I`ve been taxed out of one house already .I do not wish to be taxed out of another one.

  5. Mark says:

    Let’s take a look at the real aspect. Since the 1970’s median wage has risen approximatly 10% (adjusted for inflation and true purchasing power) for 905 of wage earners in the United States. But the top 10% have seen their incomes increase by over 300%. Our nation is in a period of corporate profits at record levels, worker productivity at high levels, while unemployment is at almost 10%.

    The real culprit is median wage stagnation. This idea of giving big breaks to the wealthey so they create jobs is hogwash. Where are these jobs? Don’t blame Obama. This problem began in 2007, with the seeds planted in the early 1980’s by the trickle down economic therory.

    1. Reality sucks says:

      I don’t disagree with anything you say. If I were to fact check, comb my memory, I would say you’re to the point. The problem is, you’re focusing on this as an American problem. It’s not. This is global problem and that’s a real game changer as far as how to rightly deal with it.

  6. Paulski says:

    This is sooooo ridiculous. Of course poverty in this state is up. We import poverty on a daily / weekly / annual basis. Our population is booming based on immigration and migration from other state. Let’s see some real statistics: poverty growing among “working” people already here. Now that would be a tragedy! and cause for concern. What a load.

    1. Kevin says:

      Simply brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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