Study: Illinois among 15 states where poverty is 'worse than you might think'
ranks Illinois among the top 15 states where poverty is "worse than you might think."
The study comes from analysis company 24/7 Wall St. It uses Census figures to rank the states by the percentage-point difference between the official poverty rate and supplemental poverty rate.
Supplemental poverty is a measure of poverty that takes geographic variations into account, such as cost of living, expenses such as medical costs and taxes, and anti-poverty subsidies like food stamps and unemployment insurance.
Illinois' poverty rate stands at 10.9%, the 23rd lowest in the country. But the state's supplemental poverty rate is 12.3%, the 22nd highest in the nation.
This marks the 13th largest difference between poverty rates and supplemental poverty rates in the U.S., according to the study.
In Illinois, only 29.5% of households receive Social Security income, the tenth smallest share of any state.
California had the largest rate in supplemental poverty and poverty rates with nearly a 6% difference.