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 are living near poverty: more than one in five (22.0%) have incomes below 150% of the poverty level, and nearly one in three (31.1%) have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level.

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