Special Report

The County in Every State Where the Most People Live Below the Poverty Line

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Virginia: Buchanan County
> Poverty rate: 28.4% (Virginia: 10.6%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 5,905 (Virginia: 865,691)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 19.7% (Virginia: 8.2%)
> Median household income: $31,956 (Virginia: $74,222)

Washington: Adams County
> Poverty rate: 25.6% (Washington: 10.8%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 4,951 (Washington: 785,244)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 22.4% (Washington: 11.9%)
> Median household income: $48,294 (Washington: $73,775)

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West Virginia: McDowell County
> Poverty rate: 33.2% (West Virginia: 17.6%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 5,704 (West Virginia: 310,044)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 34.6% (West Virginia: 16.8%)
> Median household income: $27,682 (West Virginia: $46,711)

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Wisconsin: Menominee County
> Poverty rate: 35.3% (Wisconsin: 11.3%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,593 (Wisconsin: 639,160)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 25.1% (Wisconsin: 10.8%)
> Median household income: $40,921 (Wisconsin: $61,747)

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Wyoming: Niobrara County
> Poverty rate: 20.1% (Wyoming: 11.0%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 431 (Wyoming: 62,257)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 8.1% (Wyoming: 5.4%)
> Median household income: $39,150 (Wyoming: $64,049)