Special Report

The Poorest County in Every State

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21. Massachusetts: Hampden County
> Median household income: $53,403 (state: $77,378)
> Poverty rate: 17.1% (state: 10.8%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 3.4% (state: 2.9%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 27.2% (state: 42.9%)
> Largest place in county: Springfield

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22. Michigan: Lake County
> Median household income: $34,631 (state: $54,938)
> Poverty rate: 23.8% (state: 15.0%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 4.6% (state: 4.1%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 11.3% (state: 28.6%)
> Largest place in county: Baldwin

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23. Minnesota: Mahnomen County
> Median household income: $44,537 (state: $68,411)
> Poverty rate: 20.9% (state: 10.1%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 3.2% (state: 3.2%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 12.2% (state: 35.4%)
> Largest place in county: Mahnomen

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24. Mississippi: Holmes County
> Median household income: $21,093 (state: $43,567)
> Poverty rate: 43.6% (state: 20.8%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 9.6% (state: 5.5%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 9.9% (state: 21.8%)
> Largest place in county: Durant

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25. Missouri: Shannon County
> Median household income: $32,180 (state: $53,560)
> Poverty rate: 28.5% (state: 14.2%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 4.0% (state: 3.1%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 15.8% (state: 28.6%)
> Largest place in county: Winona

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