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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Poverty in Pennsylvania has risen slightly, but remains below the national average.

The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that almost 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania, or 13.9%, were living in poverty during 2012. That's up slightly from 13.8% in 2011 and 13.4% in 2010. Pennsylvania's population is almost 12.8 million.

Nationally, the number of people living in poverty was 15% in 2012.

The Census Bureau's annual report offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2012.

Broken down by state, Mississippi had the highest share of poor people, at 22%, according to rough calculations by the Census Bureau. On the other end of the scale New Hampshire had the lowest share, at 8.1%.

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