Special Report

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

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Oklahoma: Adair County
> Poverty rate: 27.8% (Oklahoma: 15.7%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 6,124 (Oklahoma: 598,373)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 22.3% (Oklahoma: 12.8%)
> Median household income: $34,695 (Oklahoma: $52,919)

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Oregon: Malheur County
> Poverty rate: 21.8% (Oregon: 13.2%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 5,808 (Oregon: 533,527)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 27.4% (Oregon: 15.8%)
> Median household income: $43,313 (Oregon: $62,818)

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Pennsylvania: Philadelphia County
> Poverty rate: 24.3% (Pennsylvania: 12.4%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 373,727 (Pennsylvania: 1,539,183)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 25.8% (Pennsylvania: 13.3%)
> Median household income: $45,927 (Pennsylvania: $61,744)

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Rhode Island: Providence County
> Poverty rate: 15.2% (Rhode Island: 12.4%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 92,879 (Rhode Island: 125,826)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 19.4% (Rhode Island: 15.3%)
> Median household income: $58,974 (Rhode Island: $67,167)

South Carolina: Dillon County
> Poverty rate: 32.6% (South Carolina: 15.2%)
> Number of people living below poverty line: 9,852 (South Carolina: 741,650)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 24.3% (South Carolina: 12.3%)
> Median household income: $30,812 (South Carolina: $53,199)