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Census: Hawaii's poverty rate lower than nation

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's poverty rate is lower than most other states in the nation.

That's according to new census data that shows nearly 11 percent of Hawaii's population lived in poverty in 2013. That was down slightly from nearly 12 percent in 2012.

But advocates for the poor in Hawaii say the state ranks among the worst for poverty when its high cost of living is considered.

Nationwide the poverty remained flat at around 16 percent in 2013.

Only four other states - Alaska, Connecticut, Maryland and New Hampshire - had smaller percentages of their populations living in poverty.

The median household income for Hawaii was $68,020 in 2013, up from $67,053 in 2012. That's higher than the national average of $52,250.

Only three states had higher median incomes than Hawaii.

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