There were 946,000 New Jerseyans living in poverty in 2015, about 10.8 percent of the population. That’s better than 2014, when 11.1 percent of state residents were living in poverty. But the problem was still pretty widespread, as it means 200,000 more people are living in poverty now than in 2007. Poverty is defined by the federal government as having an income of $24,250 for a family of four.
Child poverty is even worse, as 15.6 percent of New Jersey kids live in poverty. In 2007, there were 11.6 percent in poverty.
Statistics are provided by the U.S. Census which released a new report to the press. Legal Services of New Jersey also provided information.