The poverty rate is the percentage of people living below the poverty level or “threshold.” Each year, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget establishes a series of poverty thresholds for different family sizes and ages of household heads.
Among Washington residents, the overall poverty rate . . .
- was 13.4 percent in 2019, 13.3 percent in 1999, and 19.6 percent in 1989.
- was 13.4 percent compared to 11.0 percent in Idaho in 2019.
- ranked 15th - from highest to lowest - out of the 44 counties in 2019.