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St. Louis City Ranks Near Top in Poverty

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By Matt Sepic, KWMU/AP

St. Louis – Nearly 22 percent of St. Louis city residents live below the federal poverty level.

That's according to new data the Census Department released today.

For 2003, the city ranked seventh among the poorest counties in the nation. In 2002, it ranked sixth.

The figures show Missouri as a whole near the national median on household income.

The state also is better off than most others in the number of people without health insurance and living in poverty.

Median household incomes average $43,492.

The state ranks 24th in income.

Just over ten percent of Missourians live below the federal poverty level.

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