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    Food hardship by state, 2010

    One in five Cali­for­ni­ans said they struggled to af­ford enough food for them­selves and their fam­ily last year, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by the Food Re­search and Ac­tion Cen­ter.

    The rate in Cali­for­nia was slightly high­er than the na­tion­al av­er­age of 18%. Here’s a look at how the states com­pare across the na­tion.

    Read More: Re­port finds 20% of Cali­for­ni­ans struggled to feed their fam­il­ies in 2010

    Published:
    March 5, 2011
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    Rank State Food hardship rate
    2 Alabama 25.2%
    29 Alaska 18.6%
    15 Arizona 20.8%
    6 Arkansas 23.5%
    16 California 20.5%
    30 Colorado 18.3%
    49 Connecticut 14.5%
    27 Delaware 18.8%
    26 District of Columbia 18.9%
    13 Florida 22.0%
    10 Georgia 22.7%
    35 Hawaii 17.3%
    20 Idaho 20.2%
    33 Illinois 17.5%
    17 Indiana 20.3%
    45 Iowa 15.0%
    28 Kansas 18.7%
    3 Kentucky 24.3%
    5 Louisiana 23.9%
    25 Maine 19.3%
    39 Maryland 16.5%
    44 Massachusetts 16.1%
    21 Michigan 20.0%
    50 Minnesota 13.8%
    1 Mississippi 27.9%
    22 Missouri 19.9%
    37 Montana 16.8%
    38 Nebraska 16.6%
    17 Nevada 20.3%
    41 New Hampshire 16.3%
    46 New Jersey 14.9%
    14 New Mexico 21.4%
    32 New York 17.6%
    6 North Carolina 23.5%
    51 North Dakota 10.3%
    23 Ohio 19.8%
    12 Oklahoma 22.2%
    17 Oregon 20.3%
    43 Pennsylvania 16.2%
    23 Rhode Island 19.8%
    4 South Carolina 24.2%
    41 South Dakota 16.3%
    9 Tennessee 22.8%
    8 Texas 23.2%
    31 Utah 17.9%
    36 Vermont 17.0%
    34 Virginia 17.4%
    39 Washington 16.5%
    11 West Virginia 22.3%
    46 Wisconsin 14.9%
    48 Wyoming 14.7%

    Sources: Food Research and Action Center

    Credits: Megan Garvey, Ben Welsh

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