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The onset of the Great Recession has thrown millions of Americans into dire financial stress, with nearly one in eight living permanently in poverty. Sadly, Louisiana remains one of the poorest states in the nation; the 2010 Census Poverty determined that the majority of Louisiana parishes were 16.9 percent or more in poverty. This was mostly in rural northern parishes, and only 11 out of 64 parishes were free from severe poverty. Louisiana’s overall poverty rate is 19.6 percent, compared to the national average of 12.4 percent. The poverty rate in metro or urban Louisiana is 18.1 percent, compared to rural Louisiana’s 24.2 percent, which is nearly a quarter of all rural residents.

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