Washington’s overall poverty rate increased in the wake of the Great Recession and remained persistently high through 2013. While the poverty rate has declined somewhat since, in 2016 more than one in ten Washingtonians (nearly 806,000 people) lived below the federal poverty threshold (for example: with an income under 24,339 for a family of two adults and two children under age 18). Many more Washingtonians have near-poverty incomes: nearly one in five (18.8%) have incomes below 150% of the poverty level, and more than one in four (26.6%) have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
Updated 09/15/2017
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