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Country's poor said to be 3 million higher than official rate

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An alternate measure of the U.S. Census Bureau's poverty report shows the nation had about 49.7 million people living in poverty last year, three million more than the agency's official rate.

The bureau's official rate was released in September and showed a record 46.5 million people in the United States lived in poverty in 2012. However, the bureau has an alternate measure of poverty that includes everyday costs like out-of-pocket medical expenses that are not included in the official rate.

The alternate measure gives a more complete picture of the nation's poor population, which numbered 49.7 million last year according to that rate. Under that measure, California had the highest population of poor people, followed by the District of Columbia and Nevada.

Under the official measure, the three states with the highest poverty were Mississippi, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

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