Measuring the percentage of Minnesotans who live in poverty helps identify how many Minnesotans are not financially able to maintain a minimum standard of living.
While the poverty rate in Minnesota continues to be lower than the national average, it has increased 3.6 percentage points since 2000.
Poverty rates rose as the economy slumped and have lagged the official economic recovery. The percentage of Minnesotans in poverty has increased from 7.9% in 1999 to 11.5% in 2014.
The 2015 federal poverty threshold for a family of four is $23,850.
This document (.xlsx) provides the indicator data in table format.