Nearly 10% of county residents living in poverty
When it comes to Wisconsin counties, Pierce County doesn’t exactly score high on the state’s material poverty index. With a higher number in the county-level rankings indicating a lower percentage of residents living in poverty and a lower number ranking indicating a higher percentage of residents living in poverty, Pierce County, Wisconsin scored 51st place out of a total 72 counties in the state. This ranking put it behind St. Croix County, but ahead of nearby Dunn and Pepin Counties, respectively. As for Minnesota counties across the river, Washington County scored above Dakota County, which scored above Goodhue at the Minnesota statewide level. Regarding the statistics below, the numbers for those with a 2018 income qualifying at 100 percent of the federal poverty level were $12,140 for a one person household, $16,460 for a twoperson household, $20,780 for a three-person household, and $25,100 for a four-person household. The following numbers were put together by Betsy Ladyzhets from a 2018 U.S. Census American Community Survey, as follows. Beginning locally in Pierce County, the numbers show that as of 2018 a full 9.8 percent of county residents or 3,971 people were living below the poverty level in Pierce County, with 18 percent of county residents living below the state poverty level as well.
Shifting north to St. Croix County, the numbers show that 4.5 percent of resident in St. Croix County or 3,874 people were living below the poverty level, with 62 percent of St. Croix residents below the state poverty level for Wisconsin, and a county ranking of 72nd out of 72 counties, with a higher number indicating less poverty at the state level.
Moving east from St. Croix into Dunn County, the numbers show that a full 12.4 percent of Dunn County residents or 5,050 people were living below the poverty level, while just four percent of county residents for Dunn County living above the Wisconsin state poverty level. For Pepin County to the south of Pierce and Dunn counties, the results of the 2018 survey show that 12.6 percent of Pepin County residents or 903 people were living below the poverty level, with a statewide ranking near the lower third of state residents for 25th place of 72 counties total. Meanwhile, six percent of Pepin County residents were living above the Wisconsin state poverty level.
Jumping across the Mississippi River into Minnesota, Goodhue County scored 53rd out of 88 Minnesota counties, with 9.9 percent of county residents or 4,483 people living below the poverty level. Just two percent of Goodhue County residents, meanwhile, lived below the Minnesota state poverty level.
Shifting north into Dakota County, the numbers showed 6.4 percent of county residents or 26,494 people living below the poverty level, while 36 percent of county residents lived below the state poverty level for Minnesota. Dakota County scored 79th place out of 88 counties total for highest poverty rate in Minnesota. As stated previously, a higher number ranking among state counties indicates a lower poverty rate, while a lower number ranking indicates a higher material poverty rate. Which brings us to Washington County Minnesota on the border with Hudson, Wisconsin.
Coming in with 85th place out of 88 total counties, the Washington County numbers show that 4.7 percent of county residents or 11,666 people were living below the poverty level in 2018, while 53 percent of county residents were living below the state poverty level.