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Top 10 States with Highest Poverty Rate, 2002-2003

State, % People Below Poverty Level
1. Arkansas 18.5%
2. New Mexico 18.0%
3. Mississippi 17.9%
4. District of Columbia 17.3%
5. Louisiana 16.9%
6. West Virginia 16.9%
7. Texas 15.8%
8. Alabama 15.1%
9. Tennessee 14.3%
10. North Carolina 14.2%

U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, August 2004

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