Wisconsin Poverty 101

Officially, Wisconsin's poverty rate is 10.8%, while the child poverty rate is 11.8%. Gain a broad perspective on poverty in the state, including statistics on unemployment and reduced-cost school lunches.


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“Wisconsin Poverty 101 Updated” prepared by intern Helen Powling and released in September 2016 draws from the Wisconsin Poverty Report by Timothy Smeeding and Katherine Thornton to explore the latest descriptive statistics on disadvantage in the state. Information is presented using the official poverty measure, Supplemental Poverty Measure, and the relatively new Wisconsin Poverty Measure, and researchers’ perspectives on the significance of the differences among these three measures is explored.