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Iowa Rate Holds Steady: Plenty of Poverty on the Prairie

PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau reports the poverty rate in Iowa last year was 12.7 percent, the same as 2012. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.
PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau reports the poverty rate in Iowa last year was 12.7 percent, the same as 2012. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.
September 19, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa - The latest figures show while the poverty rate ticked down slightly nationwide, the rate in Iowa didn't budge between 2012 and 2013. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate in the state held steady at 12.7 percent, or about 380,000 people. Many of them are working, but don't earn enough to cover the basic needs, says Arlene McAtee, executive director with Mid-Iowa Community Action.

"We surveyed 660 families last fall and we found the average family income of $15,000 for a family of four," says McAtee. "So they're working, they just can't earn enough to get above the poverty guidelines and make that next step."

The 2013 federal poverty line was $23,550 for a family of four.

McAtee notes the poverty rate for children in Iowa hasn't really improved either and that can have long term impacts on their education, health and income.

"We need to be paying attention, particularly from birth to age six, that there are supports in place for families to make sure that their children are not suffering and losing out and falling behind because the family is struggling with these issues," says McAtee.

Nationally, the poverty rate in 2013 was down from the previous year for the first time since 2006,
although the change in the number of people living in poverty was not statistically significant.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - IA