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Poverty Snapshot 2018

795,000 PEOPLE REMAIN IN POVERTY, WITH 1.9 MILLION NEAR POOR

Many working families struggle to make ends meet, while threats to SNAP, housing and Medicaid could increase hardship

While poverty declined in Missouri from 14 percent in 2016 to 13.4 percent last year, large numbers of low-income households paid so much for rent that they had little left over for other expenses. More than half (56.1 percent) of Missouri residents earning less than $20,000 were spending more than half their income on rent in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. More than one in three (37.7 percent) households earning up to $35,000 were also spending more than half their income on rent.

These statistics are among the findings of the Missouri Poverty Snapshot, released today by Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN).

2018 Poverty Snapshot

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