Special Report

Towns With the Highest Poverty Rates in the Nation

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30. Cullen, Louisiana
> Poverty rate: 52.7%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 592 — 4,537th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 51.1% — 34th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $16,108 — 6th lowest of 12,130 towns

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29. Alorton, Illinois
> Poverty rate: 53.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 980 — 2,708th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 45.1% — 104th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $22,593 — 118th lowest of 12,130 towns

28. Franklinville, North Carolina
> Poverty rate: 53.9%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 965 — 2,753rd highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 42.6% — 144th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $21,970 — 96th lowest of 12,130 towns

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27. Escobares, Texas
> Poverty rate: 54.1%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,379 — 1,735th highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 50.1% — 41st highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $23,438 — 142nd lowest of 12,130 towns

26. Tchula, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 54.1%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,039 — 2,541st highest of 12,143 towns (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 28.8% — 980th highest of 12,142 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $14,489 — 2nd lowest of 12,130 towns