SALT LAKE CITY -- New Census figures show Utah has fewer people living in poverty than most other states.
Eleven percent of the state's residents were below the poverty line in 2012. That gives Utah the 10th-lowest rate in the country.
Utah's percentage of people in poverty is well below the national average of 15 percent, which stood stagnate despite an improving economy.
Federally-calculated poverty guidelines vary based on family size, and are a measure of what is needed to have the basic necessities.
The Census figures show that New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate in the country with just 8 percent of its population below the federal threshold.
Mississippi has the highest rates of poverty at 22 percent.