A new report shows that the poverty rate for residents of area counties is very different from county to county. 

Betsy Ladyzhets of thestacker.com recently released a report on poverty levels in Minnesota using the US Census, American Community Survey 2018 as a source. When compared to Minnesota Department of Health statistics from 2017, the combined numbers give a clearer picture of where those counties are relative to each other, and to where they were just a year earlier. 

• Aitkin County had the 13th highest poverty rate of the 87 counties in Minnesota. There were 13% of county residents – 2,021 people – below the poverty level. This is worse than 2017, when there was a 12.1% poverty rate in Aitkin County and 1,895 people in poverty according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

• Pine County had the 26th highest poverty rate of the 87 counties in Minnesota. There were 12.6% of county residents – 3,433 people – below the poverty level. This is an improvement from 2017, when there was a 13.6% poverty rate in Pine County and 3,720 people in poverty according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

• Carlton County had the 31st highest poverty rate of the 87 counties in Minnesota. There were 12% of county residents – 4,118 people – below the poverty level. This is very slight improvement from 2017, when there was a 12.1% poverty rate in Carlton County and 4,123 people in poverty. 

• Kanabec County had the 42nd highest poverty rate of the 87 counties in Minnesota. There were 10.7% of county residents – 1,690 people – below the poverty level. This is an improvement from 2017, when there was a 11.6% poverty rate in Kanabec County and 1,820 people in poverty according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

• Isanti County had the 76th highest poverty rate of the 87 counties in Minnesota. There were 7.1% of county residents –  2,745 people – below the poverty level. This is the same rate as 2017, when there was a 7.1% poverty rate in Isanti County and 2,710 people in poverty according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

• Chisago County had the 83rd highest poverty rate of the 87 counties in Minnesota. There were 5.6% of county residents – 2,979 people – below the poverty level. This is a step backward from 2017, when there was a 5.4% poverty rate in Chisago County and 2,871 people in poverty according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

According to The Stacker, counties with the lowest poverty rate were Carver County: 4.0% (3,941 people); Wright County: 4.5% (5,850 people) and Washington County: 4.7% (11,666 people). Counties with the highest poverty rate were Mahnomen County: 20.9% (1,122 people); Beltrami County: 18.5% (8,054 people) and Blue Earth County: 18.1% (11,382 people).

Census information can be found here:

https://www.census.gov/acs/www/data/data-tables-and-tools/narrative-profiles/2018/

Minnesota Department of Health information can be found here: 

https://mndatamaps.web.health.state.mn.us/interactive/poverty.html

The Stacker story can be found here: 

https://thestacker.com/stories/4320/states-most-people-below-poverty-line.

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