Census Data Shows Lansing Poverty Level Still High

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New census data shows that though the economy is showing signs of improvement, some segments of the population are still struggling. For the first time in 6 years, the median income in Michigan has not decreased significantly. The bad news is, it's still much lower than what it was before the recession. Despite the median income holding steady, the poverty rate in Michigan hasn't improved. 17.4% of the state remains in poverty. That's worse than the national average of around 15%. Those numbers are even worse for Lansing, with 37% of people living below the poverty level. That's up by about 7% from last year. According to the census data, Lansing ranks third worst among Michigan cities for child poverty, with the rate nearly doubling from 2008 to 2012. A bit of good news from the data-the unemployment rate in Lansing fell to around 9%. Nationally, the data found that single- mother families are the most at-risk for poverty. The number of people buying homes has decreased for the fifth straight year.