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Census: Poverty Ticks up in Minnesota

Poverty RisingST. PAUL  (AP) – New data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that the poverty rate inched up in Minnesota while incomes fell.

The data from the American Community Survey released Thursday shows that poverty rate increased from 11 percent in 2009 to 11.6 percent last year.

The increase was even larger among children, from 14.1 percent of children living in poverty in 2009 to 15.2 percent in 2010.

Median income in the state fell by more than $1,000 from $56,600 in 2009 to about $55,500 in 2010, after accounting for inflation.

Minnesota remains better off than most other states in terms of median income and poverty statistics. It has the 13th highest median income and the 10th lowest poverty rate.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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