Special Report

The Counties Where the Most People Live Below the Poverty Line

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40. Stewart County, Georgia
> Poverty rate: 34.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,416 — 579th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 24.4% — 161st highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $29,732 — 47th lowest of 2,985 counties

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39. Phillips County, Arkansas
> Poverty rate: 34.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 6,362 — 1,063rd highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 31.0% — 50th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $29,320 — 41st lowest of 2,985 counties

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38. Zapata County, Texas
> Poverty rate: 34.5%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 4,888 — 1,316th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 31.2% — 47th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $33,952 — 135th lowest of 2,985 counties

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37. Lee County, Kentucky
> Poverty rate: 34.6%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 2,236 — 930th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 35.6% — 15th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $25,275 — 13th lowest of 2,985 counties

36. Wilkinson County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 34.7%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 2,673 — 1,084th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 23.4% — 192nd highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $27,313 — 25th lowest of 2,985 counties

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