By Ethan Colbert
While other counties in the Show-Me state continue to show reduced rates of poverty, Pike County’s rates have increased, according to a 2018 report on poverty within the state.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the state’s poverty rate declined from 14.8 percent in 2015 to 14 percent in 2016, according to Missourians to End Poverty, a coalition of people, businesses and faith-based organizations and government agencies working to end poverty.
The coalition released its 2018 Missouri Poverty Report earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Pike County’s rates increased from 17.5 percent to 18 percent.
This equates to an estimated 3,342 Pike County residents. There are 18,516 people living in Pike County, according to the last census.
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