Special Report

The Counties Where The Most People Live Below The Poverty Line

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30. Menominee County, Wisconsin
> Poverty rate: 35.3%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,593 — 656th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 25.1% — 145th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $40,921 — 483rd lowest of 2,985 counties (tied)

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29. Apache County, Arizona
> Poverty rate: 35.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 24,963 — 319th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 25.9% — 126th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $32,508 — 106th lowest of 2,985 counties

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28. Bell County, Kentucky
> Poverty rate: 35.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 9,218 — 789th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 33.6% — 26th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $26,272 — 15th lowest of 2,985 counties

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27. Quitman County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 35.6%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 2,497 — 1,035th lowest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 33.3% — 30th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $25,283 — 14th lowest of 2,985 counties

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26. Bennett County, South Dakota
> Poverty rate: 35.9%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,193 — 479th lowest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 20.8% — 302nd highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $47,500 — 1,064th lowest of 2,985 counties (tied)