Special Report

Poorest County in Each State

6. Alamosa County, Colorado
> County median household income:
$31,400
> State median household income: $59,448
> Poverty rate: 27.9%
> Unemployment: 7.1%

A typical household in Alamosa County, Colorado’s poorest, earns $28,048 less than the typical household earns across the state. As in other poor counties, area residents have relatively low educational attainment rates. Less than one in four county adults have at least a bachelor’s degree versus the national college attainment rate of nearly 30%.

7. Windham County, Connecticut
> County median household income:
$59,218
> State median household income: $69,899
> Poverty rate: 11.4%
> Unemployment: 7.3%

Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the country, and even the state’s poorest county is wealthier than the typical U.S household. A typical Windham County household earns nearly $60,000 annually. While this figure is lower than the state’s median household income of $69,899, it is more than $5,000 above the national median household income of $53,482.

8. Sussex County, Delaware
> County median household income:
$53,505
> State median household income: $60,231
> Poverty rate: 13.3%
> Unemployment: 5.7%

A typical household in Sussex County, Delaware’s poorest, earns $6,726 less than the typical household across the state. As in other poor counties, area residents have relatively low educational attainment rates. Only 21.9% of adults in Sussex County have at least a bachelor’s degree, and 85.3% have earned a high school diploma, each some of the lower percentages in the country.

9. Putnam County, Florida
> County median household income:
$32,714
> State median household income: $47,212
> Poverty rate: 26.5%
> Unemployment: 8.7%

Florida residents have some of the lowest incomes in the nation. In Putnam County, the state’s poorest, incomes are even lower. A typical area household earns just $32,714 annually. The county’s weak economy may partially account for the low incomes. The area’s 8.7% unemployment rate is higher than the state and national jobless rates of 6.3% and 6.2%, respectively.

10. Jefferson County, Georgia
> County median household income:
$26,796
> State median household income: $49,342
> Poverty rate: 31.8%
> Unemployment: 11.6%

Jefferson is the poorest county in one of the poorest states. A typical area household earns $26,796 annually, nearly half of the state’s median household income of $49,342. Jefferson County’s high unemployment rate has likely contributed to the lower median household income. Jefferson’s unemployment rate of 11.6% is well above the state jobless rate of 7.2% which is itself higher than that of all but five other states.

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