Finally, good news for Louisiana!

It seems like every time I write an article about Louisiana, it's generally about something not-so-good. Whether it's fights, teacher's pay, or overall state rankings, Louisiana doesn't seem to get too much good news.

This, though, is something for us to be proud of, albeit a small improvement.

According to 2017 census data, Louisiana was the second-most impoverished state, with 19.7% of Louisianians living in poverty. Now, the most recent Louisiana census data shows a decrease of over a full point, with our poverty rate down to 18.6%.

While that drop doesn't seem dramatic, it is improvement, and I believe we should always be proud of improvement. Certainly here in Louisiana, when generally any time an article is written or a study is released, it paints Louisiana in a bad light. It's nice to write about our state improving, especially when it comes to something as heartbreaking as poverty and our citizens who struggle to get out of it. The good news is that slowly but surely, the hard-working Louisianians are finding ways to burst through that poverty line.

Here's to hoping the next batch of census data shows an even larger decrease in our state's poverty rate.



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