According to the report, the supplemental poverty measure rate was 16.1 percent last year, compared with the official measure of 15.0 percent. Neither the supplemental measure nor the official poverty rate changed much from 2010.
Using three-year averages (2009-2011), the report found 10 states for which the official and supplemental rates were not statistically different.
In 15 states or equivalents, the the supplemental rates were higher than the official statewide poverty rates: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.
For another 26 states, supplemental rates were lower : Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
- Of the 15 states where the new measure was higher, all 15 voted Obama in 2012.
- Of the 26 states where it was lower, 7 voted Obama and 19 voted Romney.