Colorado: Federal Heights
> Median household income: $38,328 (state: $65,458)
> Poverty rate: 21.1% (state: 11.5%)
> Median home value: $47,700 (state: $286,100)
> Population: 12,449
Federal Heights is a small town of about 12,500 just north of Denver. The typical household in Federal Heights earns just $38,328 a year, about $27,000 less than the typical Colorado household. For individuals, as well as across populations, income tends to rise with educational attainment. In Federal Heights, just 10.8% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher — less than one-third of the state bachelor’s degree attainment rate of 39.4%.
> Median household income: $33,564 (state: $73,781)
> Poverty rate: 29.9% (state: 10.1%)
> Median home value: $140,400 (state: $270,100)
> Population: 17,550
Connecticut is a relatively wealthy state. The typical Connecticut household earns $73,781 a year, $16,000 more than the typical American household. Economic prosperity is not evenly spread throughout the state, however. In Willimantic, a Census designated place in eastern Connecticut, the typical household earns $33,564 a year — less than half the statewide median. Due to widespread financial insecurity in the area, more than a third of Willimantic residents rely on SNAP benefits to afford groceries.
> Median household income: $52,277 (state: $63,036)
> Poverty rate: 12.2% (state: 12.1%)
> Median home value: $200,600 (state: $238,600)
> Population: 8,707
The typical Delaware household earns $63,036 a year, slightly over $5,000 more than the typical American household. Delaware is a geographically small state, and as such, it is not as economically varied as many other larger states. Even in Claymont, the poorest town in the state, the typical household earns $52,277 — just $5,000 less than the typical American household.
Florida: Belle Glade
> Median household income: $25,873 (state: $50,883)
> Poverty rate: 39.1% (state: 15.5%)
> Median home value: $111,400 (state: $178,700)
> Population: 19,175
Belle Glade, a small town just south of Lake Okeechobee, is the poorest town in Florida. The typical household in Belle Glade earns just $25,873 a year, about half the median income of $50,883 across the state as a whole. Over 39.1% of area residents live below the poverty line compared to 15.5% of all Floridians — and about one in every four households earn less than $10,000 a year, compared to just 7.2% of households across the state as a whole.
> Median household income: $24,417 (state: $52,977)
> Poverty rate: 39.0% (state: 16.9%)
> Median home value: $91,800 (state: $158,400)
> Population: 15,919
Brunswick, a town of about 16,000 in southeastern Georgia, is the only town in the state where over half of households earn less than $25,000 a year. Brunswick also has a 39% poverty rate, one of the highest in both the state and the country. Due to widespread financial insecurity, more than a third of all Brunswick residents rely on SNAP benefits to afford groceries — more than double the 14.5% state SNAP recipiency rate.