Special Report

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

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Massachusetts: Suffolk County
> Poverty rate: 18.2% (Massachusetts: 10.3%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 136,934 (Massachusetts: 680,962)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 17.2% (Massachusetts: 11.7%)
> Median household income: $69,669 (Massachusetts: $81,215)

Michigan: Clare County
> Poverty rate: 22.7% (Michigan: 14.4%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 6,872 (Michigan: 1,398,527)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 18.8% (Michigan: 13.3%)
> Median household income: $39,565 (Michigan: $57,144)

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Minnesota: Mahnomen County
> Poverty rate: 23.3% (Minnesota: 9.7%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,254 (Minnesota: 526,065)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 22.6% (Minnesota: 7.9%)
> Median household income: $44,688 (Minnesota: $71,306)

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Mississippi: Holmes County
> Poverty rate: 42.4% (Mississippi: 20.3%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 7,202 (Mississippi: 585,786)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 26.9% (Mississippi: 15.4%)
> Median household income: $21,504 (Mississippi: $45,081)

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Missouri: Ozark County
> Poverty rate: 29.6% (Missouri: 13.7%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 2,686 (Missouri: 810,045)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 18.3% (Missouri: 11.1%)
> Median household income: $31,947 (Missouri: $55,461)