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The Poorest County in Every State

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16. Kansas: Elk County
> Median household income: $38,494 (state: $57,422)
> Poverty rate: 14.6% (state: 12.4%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 3.6% (state: 3.1%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 15.0% (state: 32.9%)
> Largest place in county: Howard

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17. Kentucky: Harlan County
> Median household income: $26,324 (state: $48,392)
> Poverty rate: 36.2% (state: 17.9%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 10.3% (state: 4.3%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 10.8% (state: 23.6%)
> Largest place in county: Cumberland

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18. Louisiana: Natchitoches Parish
> Median household income: $27,795 (state: $47,942)
> Poverty rate: 33.5% (state: 19.4%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 5.7% (state: 4.5%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 17.8% (state: 23.7%)
> Largest place in county: Natchitoches

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19. Maine: Piscataquis County
> Median household income: $39,470 (state: $55,425)
> Poverty rate: 19.2% (state: 12.5%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 2.9% (state: 2.8%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 18.3% (state: 30.9%)
> Largest place in county: Dover-Foxcroft

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20. Maryland: Somerset County
> Median household income: $42,165 (state: $81,868)
> Poverty rate: 20.4% (state: 9.4%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 5.3% (state: 3.6%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 15.7% (state: 39.6%)
> Largest place in county: Princess Anne

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