Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Poverty decreases in Florida

Florida is one of 12 states where the poverty rate declined from 2006 to 2007, according to new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state's poverty rate was 12.1% in 2007, according to the American Community Survey. That compares to 12.6% in 2006.

That means more than 2.1 million Floridians are living below the poverty line.

There's a lot more information in the new census data. Look for more after I've had a chance to go through all the tables. If you want to look for yourself, click here.

It's got to be more than a coincidence that I'm lookin' through poverty stats on the morning after I watched Teddy Kennedy stand up at the Democratic National Convention and declare:
"The work begins anew, hope rises again,
and the dream lives on!"
His words reached back to the promise of Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson -- who both strove to fight poverty -- and, even further back, to the promises of the New Deal to the party's multi-decade struggle for a better life for all Americans.


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