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1.8M people in Ohio fall below poverty line

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New census figures show that the number of Ohioans who fall below the poverty line is around 1.8 million.

The Census Bureau reports that Ohio's poverty rate stayed steady at 16.3% in 2012. It was just a slight change from the 16.4% rate in 2011.

Only six other states had more people in poverty.

Around the state, 36% of the people living in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County had income below the poverty level. Franklin County in central Ohio was at 22% while Hamilton County and Cincinnati were just under 20%.

Montgomery County was at 37 and Lucas County came in at 30%.

Ohio's median household income in 2012 was just under $47,000, an 11% drop over the past dozen years.

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