Hunger and Poverty in Georgia

Hunger and Poverty in the United States | Hunger and Poverty in Georgia

  • 15.1 percent of Georgians are food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap Study July, 2018 data collected in 2016.)
  • 20.9 percent of Georgia children live in food insecure. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap Study June, 2018 data collected in 2017.)
  • 16.0 percent of Georgians are living in poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile. 2016 estimate)
  • 24.1 percent of Georgia’s children (under age 18) live in poverty. Georgia is tied with Arizona for the 8th highest child poverty rate in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile.  2016 estimate)
  • 13.5 percent – Georgia seniors live in poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile. 2011-2015 estimate)
  • Georgia’s unemployment rate is 3.9%. (Latest data is from July 2018 – new state numbers are generally posted on the third Friday of the month.) The most current unemployment rate for each state can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website at
  • As of 2016, Georgia remains 1 of only 2 states with minimum wage rates under the federal rate of $7.25. (Wyoming is the other state.) Georgia’s minimum wage is $5.15/hour. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment Standards Admin. 2018)

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