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Published September 27, 2010, 08:39 AM

North Dakota Poverty Rates Fall

Latest U.S. Census figures show the rates of North Dakotans living in poverty and without health insurance has dropped, even as those rates nationally increased in 2009.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -

The North Dakota poverty last year was 10.9 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2008. The slide represents about 5,000 fewer people living in poverty.

North Dakotans without health insurance coverage also decreased to 10.7 percent in 2009 from 11.8 percent in 2008.

Nationally, the poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent - or 43.6 million people - in 2009, and the share of Americans without health coverage rose from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent, or more than 50 million people last year.

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