R.I. poverty rate ranks second highest in New England for 2012

RHODE ISLAND'S 2012 poverty rate of 13.7 percent ranked 29th in the country and second in New England, below Maine's reported rate of 14.7 percent. / COURTESY THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE
RHODE ISLAND'S 2012 poverty rate of 13.7 percent ranked 29th in the country and second in New England, below Maine's reported rate of 14.7 percent. / COURTESY THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE
PROVIDENCE – In 2012, 13.7 percent of Rhode Islanders, or close to 139,000 people, lived in households with income below the federal poverty level, according to the latest figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The Ocean State’s poverty rate ranked No. 29 in the country (No. 1 being the highest) and…

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