Arizona is sixth poorest state in the nation

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PHOENIX - Many Americans have fallen on tough times, but Arizonans are facing even deeper struggles.

According to the Census Bureau, Arizona is ranked among the poorest states in the nation.

Mississippi is the poorest state, followed by Louisiana, District of Columbia, Georgia, New Mexico and then Arizona.

The report just released by the Census Bureau says 1.2 million people in Arizona are living in poverty. That's $22,000 a year for a family of four.

The numbers are staggering: 1 in 5 Arizonans are poor and 1 in 4 Arizona children go hungry.

Local food banks are bursting at the seams with those in need.

"We've seen the numbers ramping up," said Jerry Brown with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. "We're up over 80 percent what we were doing two years ago."

The food bank is shelling out 44,000 emergency food boxes a month.

The least impoverished state in the nation is New Hampshire.