Poorest Town in Every State

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26. Deer Lodge, Montana
> Town median household income: $37,917
> State median household income: $48,380
> Town poverty rate: 11.4%
> Town population: 3,062

With a median annual household income of $37,917, Deer Lodge is the only town in Montana where the typical household earns over $10,000 less than the typical household in the state. With the state’s lowest median income, Deer Lodge also has the highest SNAP recipiency rate. Some 16.6% of households in the town receive government subsidies to afford food in the form of SNAP benefits. In comparison, 10.6% of households statewide receive SNAP benefits.

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27. Red Cloud, Nebraska
> Town median household income: $34,395
> State median household income: $54,384
> Town poverty rate: 15.5%
> Town population: 1,115

The typical household in Red Could earns $34,395 a year, about $20,000 less than the typical household in Nebraska. The area’s low incomes are also reflected in the low property values. The typical home in Red Cloud is worth just $48,500, less than a third of the median home value nationwide of $184,700 and less than half the median home value across the state of $137,300.

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28. Laughlin, Nevada
> Town median household income: $32,758
> State median household income: $53,094
> Town poverty rate: 18.8%
> Town population: 7,641

In Laughlin, the poorest town in Nevada, the typical household earns $32,758 a year, more than $20,000 less than the median income across the state. Lower-income towns in the United States tend to be home to relatively small shares of college educated adults, and Laughlin is no different. Less than 15% of adults in Laughlin have a bachelor’s degree or higher, well below the 23.2% of adults with a four-year degree across Nevada as a whole.

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29. Berlin, New Hampshire
> Town median household income: $38,863
> State median household income: $68,485
> Town poverty rate: 19%
> Town population: 10,154

The median annual household income in Berlin, New Hampshire is $38,863, nearly $30,000 less than the median income across the state as a whole. The large share of low income households means that a larger share of Berlin households depend on government subsidies to afford food. An estimated 21.1% of households in the town receive SNAP benefits, nearly triple the comparable statewide recipiency rate of 7.8%.

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30. Crestwood Village, New Jersey
> Town median household income: $28,282
> State median household income: $73,702
> Town poverty rate: 9.8%
> Town population: 8,135

New Jersey’s median household income of $73,702 is nearly the highest of any state in the country. However, not all corners of the state are high earning. In Crestwood Village, more than half of all households earn less $28,300 a year.

Higher education can open doors to higher paying jobs, and areas with fewer college-educated adults often have lower income levels. Just 13.7% of adults in the town have a bachelor’s degree, well less than half the 37.5% of adults statewide with at least a bachelor’s degree.