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  Back Number of Children in Poor Families (Under Age 18 and Below 100% Federal Poverty Level) 
  State 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
  United States 15,255,810 14,901,083 14,120,068 13,232,704 12,596,971 12,588,671 13,024,445 13,502,659 13,807,363 13,822,258 13,928,352
  District of Columbia 45,938 50,391 44,552 39,054 33,700 37,156 39,788 38,276 40,380 40,384 40,934
  Alabama 297,500 282,274 291,067 264,570 261,215 241,165 252,167 255,820 280,475 268,449 263,258
  Alaska 20,493 21,460 19,673 18,371 19,422 21,585 22,773 22,160 22,720 22,884 20,600
  Arizona 371,228 388,637 325,585 297,181 287,043 311,225 323,803 328,911 353,868 368,455 370,266
  Arkansas 174,981 161,988 151,003 140,897 167,892 198,066 206,935 193,701 166,025 166,459 159,948
  California 2,430,960 2,402,649 2,252,626 2,027,264 1,798,523 1,759,935 1,776,663 1,866,354 1,856,742 1,838,353 1,805,889
  Colorado 125,477 137,018 136,171 153,924 143,373 148,167 139,798 145,664 157,030 167,029 173,265
  Connecticut 148,205 133,591 90,709 93,725 85,489 93,456 89,791 98,262 101,618 101,897 105,269
  Delaware 30,671 31,561 34,287 32,488 27,918 24,505 23,165 25,866 27,323 28,676 29,239
  Florida 854,169 822,244 782,300 738,528 713,669 699,266 748,722 740,932 741,686 680,875 693,413
  Georgia 461,745 525,432 523,822 469,573 449,907 430,581 442,100 454,456 509,619 545,743 559,895
  Hawaii 53,786 54,581 50,452 41,542 41,927 42,978 43,334 37,332 32,650 30,958 32,657
  Idaho 75,876 76,469 83,141 79,555 73,900 65,403 60,012 56,644 54,235 54,377 55,706
  Illinois 646,714 553,685 517,135 512,838 537,755 567,212 577,422 601,647 578,175 549,104 505,007
  Indiana 198,704 185,148 181,539 174,087 169,362 180,509 196,369 236,670 283,522 287,720 290,186
  Iowa 108,443 102,712 96,429 91,194 70,661 72,243 76,256 88,531 98,068 103,615 106,270
  Kansas 97,085 98,028 110,179 103,758 106,730 90,097 100,080 103,564 117,201 130,697 135,468
  Kentucky 246,251 238,159 209,316 184,092 178,723 194,584 197,160 221,595 223,374 243,634 234,630
  Louisiana 372,328 369,633 343,914 341,781 311,543 308,654 310,377 299,736 268,290 270,124 281,492
  Maine 48,973 47,523 49,182 47,152 45,018 45,975 48,497 49,358 45,460 42,241 42,148
  Maryland 215,391 180,059 132,059 110,576 109,606 112,837 122,658 142,517 171,069 171,816 171,901
  Massachusetts 270,257 253,499 282,290 253,405 243,716 205,050 191,393 181,916 174,280 180,454 215,001
  Michigan 460,337 436,229 404,747 393,535 367,840 374,249 381,294 432,035 440,078 473,223 435,646
  Minnesota 185,578 204,963 182,719 137,775 102,923 101,110 115,740 116,777 127,585 133,777 155,315
  Mississippi 243,375 202,405 180,591 175,685 178,836 186,617 192,785 201,366 214,321 231,960 249,755
  Missouri 210,249 228,506 260,824 226,964 213,189 198,664 215,129 239,946 253,389 268,505 291,395
  Montana 56,894 56,664 52,112 52,245 46,591 43,899 42,939 42,856 43,834 41,379 40,871
  Nebraska 61,925 69,550 63,976 61,019 55,627 57,655 58,476 53,483 52,431 55,735 60,541
  Nevada 70,130 72,348 85,823 80,340 74,751 66,739 74,118 87,446 93,798 92,445 94,138
  New Hampshire 30,288 42,015 40,004 31,869 24,178 21,371 22,969 22,273 21,774 19,748 18,311
  New Jersey 271,429 294,294 268,099 231,598 213,193 207,084 221,290 208,163 204,243 212,897 230,574
  New Mexico 182,113 162,968 153,786 140,001 138,541 127,755 133,718 130,431 131,971 126,587 117,379
  New York 1,239,850 1,228,896 1,178,013 1,087,211 1,008,264 984,249 980,246 996,706 990,334 971,091 946,094
  North Carolina 372,314 384,338 391,328 406,648 375,188 394,630 437,396 467,404 459,949 453,163 475,691
  North Dakota 27,201 30,717 33,741 29,886 28,132 26,083 25,452 21,281 19,426 21,090 21,381
  Ohio 546,540 528,671 515,111 515,875 497,206 433,915 438,964 444,604 497,807 517,628 535,020
  Oklahoma 220,731 204,389 172,078 180,932 185,091 191,420 176,555 155,667 162,733 174,492 190,824
  Oregon 163,758 175,645 166,660 164,191 143,825 135,222 145,724 148,397 160,887 150,772 151,281
  Pennsylvania 528,650 527,322 497,194 436,116 389,448 396,135 436,556 466,920 498,368 509,654 483,069
  Rhode Island 44,350 49,185 48,409 43,094 35,939 36,777 37,627 43,482 45,076 43,620 40,905
  South Carolina 253,584 201,758 195,403 181,883 199,210 206,915 213,601 209,903 213,384 210,107 212,948
  South Dakota 38,015 30,911 26,060 23,196 20,394 23,681 24,129 31,149 33,943 33,740 30,540
  Tennessee 314,139 297,249 273,640 271,939 284,712 298,592 296,662 299,498 301,703 316,353 318,496
  Texas 1,458,776 1,425,972 1,395,838 1,379,254 1,380,315 1,400,276 1,467,343 1,536,228 1,576,636 1,560,115 1,638,187
  Utah 79,352 91,026 84,719 78,253 75,606 90,310 99,597 103,661 105,166 108,966 109,826
  Vermont 24,342 23,503 20,809 20,600 19,116 18,924 17,651 16,541 13,631 12,526 12,443
  Virginia 304,871 272,404 235,729 188,137 186,075 206,026 227,381 250,768 244,084 241,730 252,892
  Washington 255,433 223,133 192,219 193,280 207,493 225,418 248,365 260,213 267,479 224,298 203,268
  West Virginia 110,718 109,436 102,023 97,093 89,585 93,094 101,641 95,560 90,467 83,335 91,492
  Wisconsin 183,247 188,299 169,778 168,986 161,032 175,716 186,851 214,069 221,608 221,278 209,323
  Wyoming 22,447 21,545 21,207 19,544 17,576 15,497 14,981 15,921 17,446 18,101 18,305