Voices for Utah Children, a child advocacy group based in Salt Lake City, said the number of kids living in poverty in Utah is "now equivalent to the number of first and second graders in the state, plus about 20,000 of the third graders." Deseret News
In 2009, the U.S. poverty rate measured 14.3 percent--far higher than Utah's 11.5 percent. Additionally, 37 states have higher poverty rates than does Utah.
Finally, note that the American Community Survey publishes confidence intervals for all its estimates. The margin of error for Utah's poverty rates are plus or minus 0.5 percentage points. In other words, they are 90 percent confident that the poverty rate for Utah in 2009 fell between 11 percent and 12 percent.
Utah's poverty rates for all persons from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey:
- 2009 - 11.5%
- 2008 - 9.6%
- 2007 - 6.7%
- 2006 - 10.6%
- 2005 - 10.2%
- 2004 - 10.9%