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Sep 15, 2016 12:51 PM

NH child poverty rates among nation's lowest, rates declined across US

DURHAM — Child poverty rates have declined across the United States, with New Hampshire among the lowest nationwide.

The child poverty rate was 21.7 percent in 2014, but has dropped to 20.7 percent in 2015. New Hampshire's poverty rate is 10.7 percent.

Even with this decline, rates still remains higher than the end of the Great Recession in 2009, according to national data.

Researchers at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire reports that child poverty has also declined in 13 states and rose in one, Mississippi.

The overall rates have returned to 2009 levels in rural areas only, and cities have the highest child poverty while suburbs have the lowest, according to the researchers' report.

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