Education Best Factor in Reducing Poverty, Census Shows

Education Best Factor in Reducing Poverty, Census Shows

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- According to a new census report, there's a significant difference in poverty levels between Utah's white citizens and its minorities.

Whites in Utah have a much lower poverty rate than minorities, but a study shows that a college education can reduce that gap.

A report published in the Deseret Morning News shows that fewer than ten percent of Utah's whites live below the poverty line. Almost 40 percent of the state's American Indians fall below the poverty line, and nearly 30 percent of blacks do.

Looking at just those who have college bachelor degrees, on the other hand, the report shows three-and-a-half percent of whites are poor, while about seven percent of American Indians with degrees live in poverty, and just over eight percent of blacks are poor.

For Hispanics -- Utah's largest minority -- just over 20 percent live in poverty. For Hispanics with college degrees, ten percent are poor.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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