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The Poorest County in Every State

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11. Hawaii: Hawaii County
> Median household income: $59,297 (state: $78,084)
> Poverty rate: 16.6% (state: 9.9%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 3.6% (state: 2.7%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 29.5% (state: 32.5%)
> Largest place in county: Hilo

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12. Idaho: Madison County
> Median household income: $36,031 (state: $53,089)
> Poverty rate: 30.5% (state: 13.8%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 1.5% (state: 2.9%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 36.4% (state: 26.9%)
> Largest place in county: Rexburg

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13. Illinois: Pulaski County
> Median household income: $33,799 (state: $63,575)
> Poverty rate: 18.9% (state: 13.1%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 5.3% (state: 3.9%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 12.3% (state: 34.1%)
> Largest place in county: Mounds

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14. Indiana: Blackford County
> Median household income: $42,217 (state: $54,325)
> Poverty rate: 12.6% (state: 14.1%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 3.4% (state: 3.2%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 13.6% (state: 25.9%)
> Largest place in county: Hartford City

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15. Iowa: Appanoose County
> Median household income: $41,111 (state: $58,580)
> Poverty rate: 16.1% (state: 11.7%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 3.1% (state: 2.6%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 17.1% (state: 28.2%)
> Largest place in county: Centerville

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