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2020 Missouri Poverty Report – Missouri CAN

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2020 Missouri Poverty Report


Your Guide to Poverty Data

Poverty is a complex issue. There’s loads of information out there. But where do you start?  The Missouri Poverty Report is designed to give you a comprehensive resource for learning about and understanding the issues that contribute to poverty. That’s everything from economic and family security, education, food and nutrition, health, and housing and energy.

Download the free report today to start learning about poverty in Missouri and across the county.

More information: full bibliography and technical report complete with definitions of terms.

This publication was produced by Missouri Community Action Network in partnership with Missourians to End Poverty a coalition of individuals, advocates, businesses, faith-based organizations, non-profits and government agencies that have come together around a shared vision.  We envision a just society of shared responsibility by individuals, communities, businesses, and government in which all individuals are respected, have opportunities to reach their full potential, and are embraced as participants in thriving, diverse, sustainable communities.  We work toward this vision every day.

What's in the Report

Outline of data and information found under each section

Nationwide Poverty Data
It’s called the Missouri Poverty Report, but many data sets included in this report show national comparisons.  National trends provide additional insights into the realities of poverty and what can be done to help Americans thrive.

Missouri-Specific Poverty Data
In the report, you’ll find poverty rate by county for the state of Missouri.  Throughout the 20 pages of the report, we’ve listed additional insights for the 10 counties with the highest poverty rates and 10 counties with the lowest poverty rates.  This and other state-specific data show the nuances of poverty across the Show-Me state.

The Five Elements of Poverty
The report is organized by the five elements of poverty: economic and family security, education, food and nutrition, health, and housing and energy.  These are interconnected areas of life. When there are challenges in one, the others suffer. See how these five elements of poverty are interconnected in this report.

Urban and Rural Poverty
Poverty looks different in rural and urban places.  From food access to food security, access to medical care to lack of transportation, people in rural and urban places face different challenges that contribute to poverty.

Programs that Work
Poverty data can be disheartening, but there are programs in place making a difference every day in the lives of people with low incomes.  Safety net programs are truly what the moniker implies: safety nets.  These programs such as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (a.k.a SNAP) and Medicaid often serve as a last defense when a family loses employment or needs health insurance coverage for their children.

Evidence-Based Solutions
There’s a lot of data in this report!  Once you read it, now what?  We’ve collected evidence-based solutions that could help Missourians and people throughout our country across all five elements of poverty.  Consider these solutions or use the data you find most compelling and develop innovative solutions for your own communities.


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