The 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s
shows that 22.6% of Florida’s more than 18.6 million residents can be qualified as poor, in deep
poverty or near poverty. In fact, the poverty rates and total amounts of Floridians in deep
poverty, poverty and near poverty have all risen continuously between the years 2007 and 2011.
Not only have Florida’s poor increased in total numbers and in the share of the general
population, but they have also become poorer as noted by the continuous increase in the mean
income deficit during this period.