In 2006, nearly 1.5 million Ohioans were living in poverty, up from about 1.2 million in 1999. At 13.3% of state's population, this was the largest proportion to be considered poor since the 1960s War on Poverty. Ohio has historically had a lower poverty rate than the U.S., but 2006 marked the first time it matched the national rate. Between 1999 and 2006 alone, the number of Ohioans in poverty increased by about 316,000. These are some of the findings of The Real Bottom Line: The State of Poverty in Ohio 2008.