Special Report

The Counties Where The Most People Live Below The Poverty Line

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45. Letcher County, Kentucky
> Poverty rate: 33.6%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 7,409 — 949th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 32.3% — 38th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $29,886 — 51st lowest of 2,985 counties

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44. Dimmit County, Texas
> Poverty rate: 33.7%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 3,477 — 1,330th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 28.4% — 76th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $27,161 — 23rd lowest of 2,985 counties

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43. Zavala County, Texas
> Poverty rate: 33.8%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 4,011 — 1,464th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 40.0% — 5th highest of 2,985 counties
> Median household income: $34,459 — 146th lowest of 2,985 counties

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42. Washington County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 33.9%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 15,399 — 504th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 28.9% — 72nd highest of 2,985 counties
> Median household income: $29,705 — 46th lowest of 2,985 counties

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41. Breathitt County, Kentucky
> Poverty rate: 34.4%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 4,367 — 1,416th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 33.9% — 24th highest of 2,985 counties
> Median household income: $27,344 — 26th lowest of 2,985 counties