Poorest places in the United States – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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100 Poorest Counties by Per Capita Income

Number of counties by state in the 100 poorest counties: Texas, 17; Kentucky, 16; Mississippi, 14; South Dakota, 10; Louisiana, 5; Alabama, 4; Georgia, 4; Montana, 4; New Mexico, 4; North Dakota, 3; Arizona, 2; Idaho, 2; Nebraska, 2; Tennessee, 2; West Virginia, 2; Alaska, 1; Arkansas, 1; Colorado, 1; Florida, 1; Missouri, 1; Oklahoma, 1; South Carolina, 1; Utah, 1; Wisconsin, 1. Twenty-six states do not have any counties in the 100 poorest counties.

United States of America: $21,587
8 Wade Hampton, Alaska $8,717

100 Poorest Counties by Median Household Income

Number of counties by state in the 100 poorest counties: Kentucky, 29; Mississippi, 13; Texas, 10; Alabama, 7; Arkansas, 7; South Dakota, 6; West Virginia, 6; Louisiana, 5; Georgia, 3; Missouri, 3; Oklahoma, 3; Tennessee, 2; Colorado, 1; Hawai’i, 1; North Dakota, 1; New Mexico, 1; South Carolina, 1; Virginia, 1. Thirty-two states do not have any counties in the 100 pooorest counties.

United States of America: $41,994

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3 Responses to “Poorest places in the United States – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”


  1. 1 Ogunlana 2007 June 2 at 2:43 am

    would love to find out when a person is classified as being poor in the united states.that is to say; the average income of a poor person? thank you.

  2. 2 vuee 2007 June 19 at 2:36 pm

    My apologies for not responding sooner. That is, I did respond with the sources you were looking for but I can’t find where I did that. Obviously, not here or a computer crashed somewhere while I was in the midst of cyberspace. Will get back to you.

  3. 3 vuee 2007 June 19 at 2:58 pm

    I found these two sources. Unfortunately, what constitutes “poor” is very difficult to conceptualize. Cash on hand or income in cash are not very accurate or precise, but are the better all-round comparative measures, I guess. The real measure ought to be energy flow (kCal, kJ, Calories) or time and effort. Cash can be equated with energy, so one measure is used, but not easily. The other difficulty is who does the comparing, a third person or agency or the person having to make a living?

    Poverty portal at the US census.gov –
    http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty.html

    Rural Poverty Research Center
    http://www.rprconline.org/index.htm


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