Wisconsin Poverty Report

WISCAP Supports the Wisconsin Poverty Report

Annually, WISCAP supports the Wisconsin Poverty Report because it helps determine an accurate accounting of poverty among Wisconsinites. By ensuring we use the most accurate poverty data, we also ensure our network is well equipped to fight it. 

In the Wisconsin Poverty Report, IRP uses their tool, the Wisconsin Poverty Measure. Details about the model, including programming and other technical details, are available online.

Eleventh Annual Wisconsin Poverty Report

The latest Wisconsin poverty analysis, published on June 24, 2019 found mixed results in our efforts to alleviate poverty. The statewide overall poverty rate using the Wisconsin Poverty Measure (WPM) dropped from 10.8 percent in 2016 to 10.2 percent in 2017. This is a significant drop, but still above the 2015 rate of 9.7 percent. This suggests that progress against poverty in Wisconsin since 2010 has been limited and that we are treading water. Child poverty fell using the WPM, from 12.0 percent to 10.1 percent during the same time period, but elder poverty rose from 9.0 percent to 9.5 percent.

Timothy Smeeding, Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and Affiliate and former Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) notes, “These findings suggest that the economy is not benefitting workers and families evenly across our state. I’ve been conducting this study for 11 years now and I have to say, after more than eight years of nationwide recovery from the end of the Great Recession through 2017, we should see better poverty outcomes.”

Below you can download a copy of:

  • 11th Annual Poverty Report
  • Summary of the 11th Annual Poverty Report
  • Press release (6.24.19) regarding the publishing of the 11th Annual Poverty Report
Map of Wisconsin counties that depicts whether they are either higher, no statistically different, or lower than the state poverty rate.