SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's percentage of children living in poverty remains lower than the national average -- but it is higher than in past years.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 16 percent of Utah's children were in poverty in 2011 -- the same rate as the year before.
That is the 11th-lowest rate in the country. It is also lower than the national average of 23 percent.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count report shows that only 11-12 percent of Utah's children were in poverty from 2005-2009.
KSL-TV reports that seven Utah counties had poverty levels higher than 20 percent: Grand, Iron, Millard, Sanpete, Sevier, Washington and Wayne.
New Hampshire had the fewest children in poverty in 2011, while Mississippi had the most.