Poorest County in Each State

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26. Sanders County, Montana
> County median household income:
$31,665
> State median household income: $46,766
> Poverty rate: 22.9%
> Unemployment: 9.4%

Montana’s median household income of $46,766 is one of the lowest of any state in the nation. With a median annual income of $31,665, the typical household in Sanders County earns even less. Sanders County also has a much higher poverty rate, at 22.9%. By contrast, 15.3% of people across the state, and 15.6% of Americans, live in poverty.

27. Red Willow County, Nebraska
> County median household income:
$43,627
> State median household income: $52,400
> Poverty rate: 11.3%
> Unemployment: 2.6%

Red Willow County’s roughly 11,000 residents are among the lowest earning in the state. A typical county household brings in $43,627 annually, nearly $10,000 less than the median statewide income of $52,400. Unlike many of the poorest counties in each state, the unemployment rate in Red Willow County is relatively low. While 6.2% of the American workforce and 3.3% of the Nebraskan workforce is unemployed, Red Willow County’s unemployment rate is only 2.6%.

28. Nye County, Nevada
> County median household income:
$41,757
> State median household income: $52,205
> Poverty rate: 18.6%
> Unemployment: 9.5%

A typical household in Nye, Nevada’s poorest county, earns $41,757, or $10,448 less than the typical household earns across the state. Compared to other poor counties, this is a relatively small difference from the state median income. As in other poor counties, area residents have relatively low educational attainment rates. Only 13.4% of county adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, and 83.5% have finished at least high school, each some of the lower percentages in the country.

29. Coos County, New Hampshire
> County median household income:
$42,407
> State median household income: $65,986
> Poverty rate: 13.2%
> Unemployment: 5.8%

Coos County comprises the northern portion of New Hampshire, including the state’s border with Canada. It is also the poorest county in the state. New Hampshire has one of the higher median incomes in the country as well as the lowest poverty rate at just 8.9%. At 13.2%, Coos County’s poverty rate is also lower than the national rate of 15.6%.

30. Cumberland County, New Jersey
> County median household income:
$50,603
> State median household income: $72,062
> Poverty rate: 18.0%
> Unemployment: 9.9%

A particularly wealthy state, New Jersey’s poorest county is not especially poor. Median household income in Cumberland County is $50,603, only about $3,000 less than the national median household income. Still, a typical New Jersey household earns $21,459 more than the typical Cumberland household does. As in other states’ poorest counties, area residents have relatively low educational attainment rates. Only 13.8% of county adults have at least a bachelor’s degree compared to the 36.4% statewide college attainment rate.