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North Dakota's poverty rate below national average

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- New Census figures show that North Dakota's poverty rate is below the national average.

About 11.4 percent of the state's residents were below the poverty line in 2012, which is the 13th-lowest rate among states and lower than the national average of 15 percent.

About 14.1 percent of the state's population saw income that was less than 125 percent of poverty level, which gives North Dakota the seventh--lowest rate among the states. The national average is 19.7 percent.

Mississippi has the highest rate of poverty, while New Hampshire has the lowest.