Special Report

The Poorest County in Every State

1. Alabama: Dallas County
> Median household income: $31,602 (state: $48,486)
> Poverty rate: 31.1% (state: 17.5%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 4.4% (state: 2.8%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 15.1% (state: 24.9%)
> Largest place in county: Selma

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2. Alaska: Northwest Arctic Borough
> Median household income: $62,949 (state: $76,715)
> Poverty rate: 25.1% (state: 10.8%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 12.8% (state: 6.2%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 11.7% (state: 29.2%)
> Largest place in county: Kotzebue

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3. Arizona: Apache County
> Median household income: $32,963 (state: $56,213)
> Poverty rate: 35.3% (state: 16.1%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 8.9% (state: 4.8%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 11.7% (state: 28.9%)
> Largest place in county: Chinle

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4. Arkansas: Lafayette County
> Median household income: $32,412 (state: $45,726)
> Poverty rate: 22.2% (state: 17.6%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 4.3% (state: 3.5%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 16.5% (state: 22.6%)
> Largest place in county: Stamps

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5. California: Lake County
> Median household income: $42,475 (state: $71,228)
> Poverty rate: 21.0% (state: 14.3%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 4.1% (state: 3.9%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 15.8% (state: 33.3%)
> Largest place in county: Clearlake

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