A Third of NJ Residents Lived in Poverty in 2012

One of Wealthiest States in Nation
Faces Childhood Suburban Poverty

A Third of NJ Residents Lived in Poverty in 2012Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) recently released a new report on poverty.

Quoting news coverage from the Star-Ledger, “Though New Jersey is often cited as one of the wealthiest states in the nation, nearly a third of its residents lived in poverty in 2012, according to a new report that aims to redefine what it means to be poor in the state.”

Poverty estimates based upon the federal poverty level grossly understate the extent of poverty in New Jersey. Using a more realistic indicator that incorporates real cost of living data, this report reveals a much larger group than previously reported or acknowledged is experiencing serious income shortages and deprivation in New Jersey.

“Though New Jersey is often cited as one of the wealthiest states in the nation, nearly a third of its residents lived in poverty in 2012, according to a new report that aims to redefine what it means to be poor in the state.”

Quoting news coverage from the Star-Ledger.

This report reflects higher numbers than reported by the federal government as it uses a methodology that takes into account New Jersey’s very high cost of living. New Jersey has seen consistently high poverty numbers in recent years due in part to high unemployment in the state.

Others issues facing New Jersey include suburban poverty and poverty in every age range.

“About 39% of children in New Jersey, 28% of adults ages 18 to 64, and 34% of those over 55 were living in poverty under the formula.”

Click here to read the full report.

Click here to read coverage from the Star-Ledger.