Special Report

The Counties Where the Most People Live Below the Poverty Line

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20. Leflore County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 36.8%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 10,260 — 733rd highest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 19.8% — 375th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $26,735 — 18th lowest of 2,985 counties

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19. Jefferson County, Mississippi
> Poverty rate: 37.6%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 2,530 — 1,045th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 35.9% — 13th highest of 2,985 counties
> Median household income: $25,019 — 11th lowest of 2,985 counties

18. Leslie County, Kentucky
> Poverty rate: 38.0%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 3,680 — 1,382nd lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 25.6% — 133rd highest of 2,985 counties
> Median household income: $31,627 — 77th lowest of 2,985 counties

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17. Greene County, Alabama
> Poverty rate: 38.1%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 3,140 — 1,226th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 38.9% — 7th highest of 2,985 counties
> Median household income: $24,145 — 5th lowest of 2,985 counties

16. Sioux County, North Dakota
> Poverty rate: 38.2%
> Number of people living below poverty line: 1,641 — 677th lowest of 2,985 counties
> Households receiving SNAP benefits: 23.7% — 184th highest of 2,985 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $38,939 — 354th lowest of 2,985 counties

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