Special Report

Towns With the Highest Poverty Rates in the Nation

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45. Bayou L’Ourse, Louisiana
> Poverty rate: 50.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 955 — 2,791st highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 22.4% — 2,107th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $23,457 — 145th lowest of 12,130 towns (tied)

44. Moorhead, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 50.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 663 — 4,104th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 44.3% — 115th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $21,000 — 67th lowest of 12,130 towns (tied)

43. Lake Providence, Louisiana
> Poverty rate: 50.6%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,386 — 1,726th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 34.2% — 496th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $18,316 — 23rd lowest of 12,130 towns

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42. Cordele, Georgia
> Poverty rate: 50.7%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 5,348 — 54th highest of 12,143 towns
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 39.9% — 240th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $21,350 — 76th lowest of 12,130 towns

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41. Fort Belknap Agency, Montana
> Poverty rate: 50.8%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 760 — 3,595th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 42.4% — 152nd highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $32,708 — 1,030th lowest of 12,130 towns (tied)