Special Report

Towns With the Highest Poverty Rates in the Nation

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50. Rayville, Louisiana
> Poverty rate: 49.3%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,685 — 1,291st highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 50.2% — 39th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $19,950 — 44th lowest of 12,130 towns

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49. Itta Bena, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 49.3%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 761 — 3,589th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 22.8% — 2,008th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $17,210 — 17th lowest of 12,130 towns

48. Black Rock, New Mexico
> Poverty rate: 49.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 815 — 3,354th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 50.3% — 38th highest of 12,142 towns
> Median household income: $37,632 — 1,901st lowest of 12,130 towns (tied)

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47. Shaw, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 49.6%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 994 — 2,664th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 37.0% — 357th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $20,265 — 49th lowest of 12,130 towns

46. Friars Point, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 49.9%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 696 — 3,929th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 42.8% — 141st highest of 12,142 towns
> Median household income: $20,250 — 48th lowest of 12,130 towns