Special Report

Poorest City in Every State


To determine the poorest city in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 2019 median household incomes for all 621 U.S. cities, towns, villages, municipalities, and Census designated places with available data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey. Each of these places is home to at least 61,000 people. Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming have no cities covered in the latest Census release and were excluded from the analysis. Data on poverty, median home value, and population are also from the ACS and are one-year estimates for 2019.

Household income includes the income of the householder and all other individuals 15 years and over in the household, and is the sum of the amounts reported separately for wage or salary income; net self-employment income; interest, dividends, net rental, or royalty income; income from estates and trusts; Social Security or retirement income; Supplemental Security Income; public assistance or welfare payments; pensions; and all other income.

City boundaries are defined by the Census Bureau and adhere to the “place” geographical classification. Places can include municipalities, cities, towns, villages, and boroughs, as well as Census Designated Places, which are a statistical designation for unincorporated communities used by the Census Bureau. All figures listed are for 2019. All state figures referenced apply to the state the city is in and not the average of all states.

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