New U.S. Census Bureau data shows that around 13 percent of American households used food stamps in 2011, representing an increase from the previous year.
Specifically, nearly 15 million U.S. households depended on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known commonly as food stamps, during at least one point during 2011, according to the census, and in 2010 around 13.6 million households, or 11.9 percent, used the service.
Around 15.2 percent of New York households, or nearly 1.1 million, were on food stamps in 2011.
Forty-seven states and Washington, D.C., saw an increase in food stamp participation. Alabama, D.C., and Hawaii experienced the largest increase in participants.
Oregon had the highest participation rate, with 18.9 percent, while Wyoming had the lowest, with 5.9 percent.
California, the most populous state, had the third-lowest food stamp participation rate in the country, but more than 1 million Californians used the service.
Around 46 million people—not households—are currently enrolled in the food stamps program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the program.
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