Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center

September 15, 2017

Census data show poverty gap getting wider

The poverty rate declined and median incomes rose in the United States last year. Not so in Louisiana, according to U.S. Census data published Thursday.

Number of the Day

48.9 - Percent of African-American children in Louisiana who fell below the poverty line in 2016 compared to 14.9 percent of white children. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey)