Poorest County in Each State

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2. Bethel Census Area, Alaska
> County median household income:
$51,930
> State median household income: $71,829
> Poverty rate: 23.7%
> Unemployment: 16.0%

A typical household in Bethel, Alaska’s poorest region, earns $19,899 less than the typical household across the state. As in other poor areas, area residents have relatively low educational attainment rates. Only 11.4% of adults in the area have a bachelor’s degree, and 80.2% have finished at least high school, each some of the lower percentages in the country.

3. Apache County, Arizona
> County median household income:
$32,396
> State median household income: $49,928
> Poverty rate: 35.9%
> Unemployment: 16.0%

In Apache County, the poorest in Arizona, a typical household earns just $32,396, or $17,532 less than the statewide median household income. As in other poor counties, area residents have relatively low educational attainment rates. Only 10.1% of adults in the county have at least a bachelor’s degree, and 75.8% have finished at least high school, each some of the lower percentages in the country.

4. Lee County, Arkansas
> County median household income:
$26,986
> State median household income: $41,264
> Poverty rate: 29.8%
> Unemployment: 7.9%

Arkansas residents have some of the lowest incomes in the nation. In Lee County, the state’s poorest, incomes are even lower. A typical household in the area earns just $26,986 annually. A weak economy in Lee County may partially account for the low incomes. The county’s 7.9% unemployment rate is higher than the state and national jobless rates of 6.1% and 6.2%, respectively.

5. Lake County, California
> County median household income:
$35,997
> State median household income: $61,489
> Poverty rate: 24.3%
> Unemployment: 8.9%

A typical household in Lake County, California’s poorest, earns $25,492 less than the typical household does across the state. As in other poor counties, area residents have relatively low educational attainment rates. Only 16.2% of adults in the county have at least a bachelor’s degree, and 84.8% have finished at least high school, each some of the lower percentages in the country. By contrast, 29.3% of adults nationwide have at least a bachelor’s degree, and 86.3% of adults nationwide have finished at least high school.