Poverty Rates Up in Most Wis. Counties

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Poverty rates in the majority of Wisconsin counties have risen by more than 10 percent in the last decade.
That's according to a new report from the University of Wisconsin Extension that used census data.

Burnett County in northwestern Wisconsin had the largest jump since the 2000 census, from 9 percent to 17 percent. The second largest rise was in Florence County, where the rate rose from 9 percent to 16 percent.

The report says there are now 10 counties with poverty rates higher than 15 percent, including Milwaukee County, where 18 percent of residents are impoverished.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that only Menominee and Milwaukee counties had rates that high in the last decennial census.

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