Poverty has a national rate of 12.6%, meaning that the majority of the states live in poverty. New Mexico has a 20.8% poverty rate and at the bottom of the pole for most things.Mexico’s has the highest rate of poor people of any other state. What is poverty? It is the state of being extremely poor. This is having a lack of shelter, food, and sickness. Poverty is lacking the basic things to survive and though some people may think it isn’t common in the U.S., it is. This is a rising issue that has been around a long time and something that is a big issue in the world.