Poverty on the rise in Connecticut
The annual American Community Survey found that in 2011, 10.9 percent of Connecticut residents (377,856) had incomes under the Federal Poverty Level, up from 10.1 percent in 2010.
Connecticut can boast (if such a thing is worth boasting over) of the 5th highest rise in children's poverty in the nation. Almost 15 percent of Connecticut children under age 18 (118,809 children) lived in families with incomes under the Federal Poverty Level in 2011, an increase from 12.8 percent in 2010, according to the data, released by Connecticut Voices for Children.
That's a further increase from the 1.4 percent hike in poverty seen in the state between 2007 (7.9 percent) and 2008 (9.3 percent). In 2001, the poverty rate was 7.3 percent (10.2 percent for children), growing to 10.9 in 2011 (14.9 percent for children).
A fact sheet provided by Connecticut Voices for Children is below.
Census Fact Sheet