1.8M people in Ohio fall below poverty line

The Associated Press Published:

New census figures show that the number of Ohioans who fall below the poverty line is around 1.8 million.

The Census Bureau reports that Ohio's poverty rate stayed steady at 16.3 percent in 2012. It was just a slight change from the 16.4 percent rate in 2011.

Only six other states had more people in poverty.

Around the state, 36 percent of the people living in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County had income below the poverty level. Franklin County in central Ohio was at 22 percent while Hamilton County and Cincinnati were just under 20 percent.

Montgomery County was at 37 and Lucas County came in at 30 percent.

Ohio's median household income in 2012 was just under $47,000, an 11 percent drop over the past dozen years.

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