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Source: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates

This chart compares the household income distribution in Vermont to the nation. The state has long featured low levels of income inequality, which shows up the form of proportionally fewer households with income at the high and low ends, and a stronger presence of middle-income households ($35-99k). The difference between Vermont and US distributions has, however, been diminished in recent years.

Source: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates

In Vermont, as in the nation, poverty rates have been on the rise in recent years, most notably among children. Vermont’s poverty rates are low compared to the U.S. In the last couple of years the number of children living in poverty has climbed from around 18,000 to just over 19,000. With birthrates generally flat in recent years, this actually reflects a growing proportion of children being raised in poverty. Poverty rates among Vermont seniors have been declining.