Special Report

America’s Richest and Poorest States

Samuel Stebbins

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21. Pennsylvania
> Median household income: $60,905 (2018); $60,460 (2017)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 31.8% (2018); 31.4% (2017)
> Poverty rate: 12.2% (2018); 12.5% (2017)
> Unemployment: 4.3% (2018); 4.9% (2017)

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22. Vermont
> Median household income: $60,782 (2018); $59,028 (2017)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 38.7% (2018); 38.3% (2017)
> Poverty rate: 11.0% (2018); 11.3% (2017)
> Unemployment: 2.7% (2018); 3.0% (2017)

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23. Wisconsin
> Median household income: $60,773 (2018); $60,552 (2017)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 30.0% (2018); 30.4% (2017)
> Poverty rate: 11.0% (2018); 11.3% (2017)
> Unemployment: 3.0% (2018); 3.3% (2017)

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24. Texas
> Median household income: $60,629 (2018); $60,416 (2017)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 30.3% (2018); 29.6% (2017)
> Poverty rate: 14.9% (2018); 14.7% (2017)
> Unemployment: 3.9% (2018); 4.3% (2017)

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25. Iowa
> Median household income: $59,955 (2018); $60,002 (2017)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 29.0% (2018); 28.9% (2017)
> Poverty rate: 11.2% (2018); 10.7% (2017)
> Unemployment: 2.5% (2018); 3.1% (2017)