Special Report

The Counties Where The Most People Live Below The Poverty Line

35. Starr County, Texas
> Poverty rate: 34.7%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 22,015 — 354th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 40.6% — 4th highest of 2,985 counties
> Median household income: $30,387 — 62nd lowest of 2,985 counties

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34. Tensas Parish, Louisiana
> Poverty rate: 34.7%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,578 — 650th lowest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 26.2% — 116th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $27,500 — 28th lowest of 2,985 counties

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33. Coahoma County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 34.8%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 7,882 — 894th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 35.1% — 19th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $29,121 — 40th lowest of 2,985 counties

32. McKinley County, New Mexico
> Poverty rate: 34.8%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 24,982 — 318th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 26.2% — 116th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $33,834 — 131st lowest of 2,985 counties

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31. Bolivar County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 35.0%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 10,593 — 716th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 28.1% — 84th highest of 2,985 counties
> Median household income: $29,854 — 49th lowest of 2,985 counties