Special Report

The Counties Where the Most People Live Below the Poverty Line

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10. Claiborne County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 41.0%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 3,419 — 1,313th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 24.3% — 168th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $29,338 — 42nd lowest of 2,985 counties

9. Brooks County, Texas
> Poverty rate: 41.4%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 2,724 — 1,100th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 35.6% — 15th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $28,333 — 33rd lowest of 2,985 counties

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8. Holmes County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 42.4%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 7,202 — 976th highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 26.9% — 106th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $21,504 — 1st lowest of 2,985 counties

7. Ziebach County, South Dakota
> Poverty rate: 42.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,181 — 474th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 33.6% — 26th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $37,400 — 261st lowest of 2,985 counties

6. East Carroll Parish, Louisiana
> Poverty rate: 44.6%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,972 — 810th lowest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 30.5% — 56th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $22,346 — 3rd lowest of 2,985 counties

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