If you were surprised to learn the poverty rate in Franklin County nearly doubled in a year, the people and agencies that serve the poor were not. They’ve known for some time that the number of poor in this area is on the rise. That’s true here and across our state.
According to figures released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau, Franklin County’s estimated poverty rate in 2012 was 16.2 percent compared to 8.5 percent in 2011.
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