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This Is the Poorest County in Maryland

Most American households earn more than $62,800 annually, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. While it is one of the most prosperous countries in the world, the U.S. also has some of the worst income inequality. As a result, the national median income does not reflect the economic struggles of millions of Americans.

In nearly every state, there are counties or county equivalents where the median household income is well below the $62,843 national median. In half of all states there is at least one county where the median annual household income is less than $40,000. Using five-year estimates from the 2019 American Community Survey from the Census, 24/7 Wall St. identified the poorest county in every state. 

While there are several notable exceptions, many of the counties on this list are relatively rural and far removed from major metropolitan areas that often serve as hubs of economic activity.

Maryland is the wealthiest state in the country. The typical household in the state earns $84,805 a year, about $22,000 more than the national median household income. Not all parts of the state are equally affluent, however. In Allegany County, located in western Maryland between the Pennsylvania and West Virginia state borders, the median annual household income is just $45,893, about $17,000 less than the income the typical American household earns.

The stark difference between Allegany County and much of the rest of Maryland is further underscored by the share of wealthy households. Only 2.0% of households in Maryland’s poorest county earn $200,000 or more a year, compared to 12.7% of Maryland households who do.

State Poorest County Largest Place in County Median Household Income State Median Household Income Poverty Rate State Poverty Rate Adult Bachelor’s Attainment State Adult Bachelor’s Attainment Unemployment rate, Nov. 2020 State Unemployment Rate
Alabama Sumter County Livingston $24,320 $50,536 31.8% 16.7% 21.6% 25.5% 4.1% 4.0%
Alaska Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area Fort Yukon $41,413 $77,640 25.4% 10.7% 13.6% 29.6% 9.9% 8.1%
Arizona Apache County Chinle $32,508 $58,945 35.5% 15.1% 12.3% 29.5% 12.6% 7.6%
Arkansas Lafayette County Stamps $32,397 $47,597 25.9% 17.0% 15.8% 23.0% 8.4% 5.7%
California Trinity County Weaverville $40,846 $75,235 19.0% 13.4% 19.5% 33.9% 6.1% 7.9%
Colorado Bent County Las Animas $30,900 $72,331 29.5% 10.3% 11.4% 40.9% 4.7% 6.2%
Connecticut Windham County Willimantic $66,550 $78,444 11.4% 9.9% 24.3% 39.3% 7.3% 7.7%
Delaware Kent County Dover $60,910 $68,287 13.5% 11.8% 23.7% 32.0% 5.0% 4.7%
Florida DeSoto County Arcadia $35,438 $55,660 26.8% 14.0% 11.5% 29.9% 4.4% 6.3%
Georgia Jenkins County Millen $27,375 $58,700 30.5% 15.1% 7.9% 31.3% 5.4% 5.4%
Hawaii Hawaii County Hilo $62,409 $81,275 15.6% 9.4% 29.4% 33.0% 9.8% 10.1%
Idaho Madison County Rexburg $39,160 $55,785 30.9% 13.1% 36.4% 27.6% 2.5% 4.8%
Illinois Pulaski County Mounds $34,640 $65,886 20.5% 12.5% 12.5% 34.7% 7.9% 6.5%
Indiana Crawford County Marengo $41,662 $56,303 17.9% 13.4% 10.3% 26.5% 5.2% 4.9%
Iowa Appanoose County Centerville $40,167 $60,523 17.7% 11.5% 16.3% 28.6% 3.4% 3.1%
Kansas Chautauqua County Sedan $40,298 $59,597 18.5% 12.0% 15.9% 33.4% 5.5% 5.3%
Kentucky Bell County Middlesborough $26,272 $50,589 35.5% 17.3% 9.2% 24.2% 6.2% 5.1%
Louisiana Claiborne Parish Homer $26,776 $49,469 33.6% 19.2% 12.8% 24.1% 6.3% 8.1%
Maine Piscataquis County Dover-Foxcroft $40,890 $57,918 18.5% 11.8% 18.4% 31.8% 4.8% 4.7%
Maryland Allegany County Cumberland $45,893 $84,805 16.5% 9.2% 18.9% 40.2% 6.6% 6.6%
Massachusetts Hampden County Springfield $55,429 $81,215 16.4% 10.3% 27.1% 43.7% 7.5% 6.2%
Michigan Lake County Baldwin $37,320 $57,144 21.0% 14.4% 11.9% 29.1% 6.6% 6.3%
Minnesota Mahnomen County Mahnomen $44,688 $71,306 23.3% 9.7% 13.2% 36.1% 6.6% 3.9%
Mississippi Leflore County Greenwood $26,735 $45,081 36.8% 20.3% 18.5% 22.0% 9.2% 6.0%
Missouri Ozark County Gainesville $31,947 $55,461 29.6% 13.7% 11.0% 29.2% 4.7% 3.9%
Montana Glacier County Cut Bank $36,045 $54,970 31.0% 13.1% 21.4% 32.0% 8.0% 4.3%
Nebraska Dundy County Benkelman $41,716 $61,439 10.6% 11.1% 23.3% 31.9% 2.2% 2.7%
Nevada Nye County Pahrump $47,300 $60,365 16.4% 13.1% 10.7% 24.7% 7.6% 9.9%
New Hampshire Coos County Berlin $47,117 $76,768 12.5% 7.6% 18.2% 37.0% 4.4% 3.5%
New Jersey Cumberland County Vineland $54,149 $82,545 16.5% 10.0% 15.6% 39.7% 11.2% 9.9%
New Mexico Quay County Tucumcari $29,035 $49,754 20.4% 19.1% 17.1% 27.3% 7.1% 7.3%
New York Bronx County New York $40,088 $68,486 28.0% 14.1% 20.1% 36.6% 16.0% 8.1%
North Carolina Robeson County Lumberton $34,976 $54,602 27.7% 14.7% 13.7% 31.3% 8.3% 6.1%
North Dakota Rolette County Belcourt $43,158 $64,894 27.1% 10.7% 19.6% 30.0% 10.5% 4.1%
Ohio Adams County West Union $39,079 $56,602 20.7% 14.0% 13.2% 28.3% 6.2% 5.2%
Oklahoma Choctaw County Hugo $34,489 $52,919 27.7% 15.7% 13.4% 25.5% 8.0% 5.8%
Oregon Malheur County Ontario $43,313 $62,818 21.8% 13.2% 13.7% 33.7% 3.6% 5.5%
Pennsylvania Forest County Tionesta $39,717 $61,744 18.1% 12.4% 8.1% 31.4% 7.2% 6.1%
Rhode Island Providence County Providence $58,974 $67,167 15.2% 12.4% 29.0% 34.2% 7.6% 7.0%
South Carolina Dillon County Dillon $30,812 $53,199 32.6% 15.2% 11.1% 28.1% 4.7% 4.1%
South Dakota Corson County McLaughlin $35,759 $58,275 44.8% 13.1% 17.8% 28.8% 4.0% 3.3%
Tennessee Jackson County Gainesboro $35,207 $53,320 19.2% 15.2% 11.0% 27.3% 5.6% 5.0%
Texas Starr County Rio Grande City $30,387 $61,874 34.7% 14.7% 9.9% 29.9% 19.0% 8.0%
Utah Wayne County Loa $44,245 $71,621 9.6% 9.8% 23.4% 34.0% 5.8% 3.9%
Vermont Essex County Island Pond $44,349 $61,973 13.4% 10.9% 16.2% 38.0% 2.8% 2.8%
Virginia Dickenson County Clintwood $29,932 $74,222 25.7% 10.6% 10.7% 38.8% 5.9% 4.6%
Washington Ferry County Republic $41,939 $73,775 17.3% 10.8% 18.8% 36.0% 8.2% 5.9%
West Virginia McDowell County Welch $27,682 $46,711 33.2% 17.6% 5.4% 20.6% 10.3% 5.7%
Wisconsin Ashland County Ashland $42,510 $61,747 17.4% 11.3% 19.8% 30.1% 6.4% 4.5%
Wyoming Albany County Laramie $49,322 $64,049 20.7% 11.0% 51.8% 27.4% 3.0% 4.9%

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