Chart of Poverty and Median Income by County in PA

Pennsylvania is still feeling the impact of the recession. Poverty and child poverty increased in many areas of the state. Median household income, adjusted for inflation, fell from 2007 to 2013 in many counties and Pennsylvania as a whole.

Evidence of the recession's impact can be seen in Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Montgomery, and York Counties, where all three measures (poverty, child poverty, and median household income) grew worse from 2007 to 2013.

All the news is not bad, though. Some areas of the state saw signs of recovery - where poverty was not statistically different than in 2007 or where median household income wasn't below pre-recession levels.

Indiana County saw an increase in median household income and declines in poverty from 2007.

Thirteen counties showed no statistically significant difference between poverty, child poverty, and median household income values from 2007 to 2013.

While overall poverty was higher and the median household income decreased, the child poverty rates in Philadelphia and Northampton Counties were unchanged from 2007.

Median household income and child poverty were at 2007 levels in Allegheny County.

There is much work to do to to help boats in all areas of the state rise as the economy recovers.

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