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The poorest town in every state

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    The poorest town in every state

    For every town filled with gleaming subdivisions, expertly manicured lawns and pristine schools, there are an equal number of towns at the opposite end of the spectrum. 

    Each of the 50 towns on this list is the poorest in its state. Stacker used the U.S. Census Bureau FactFinder tool to pull population data, the unemployment rate and the median household income for towns across the country, then ranked the poorest towns in all 50 states from lowest to highest median household income. Towns or Census Designated Places (neighborhoods created for the purpose of surveying residents) with more than 1,000 residents were eligible for this list. Click through the list to see which place in your home state has the lowest median income—and see the surprising reason that many colleges appear on the list.

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    #50. Notre Dame CDP, Indiana

    Median household income: $13,977
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,472
    Unemployment rate: 6.2%

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    #49. Boone, North Carolina

    Median household income: $14,725
    Employed population 16 years and over: 7,162
    Unemployment rate: 17.1%

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    #48. Citrus City CDP, Texas

    Median household income: $14,956
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,111
    Unemployment rate: 8.2%

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    #47. Livingston, Alabama

    Median household income: $16,063
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,089
    Unemployment rate: 19.9%

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    #46. Centreville, Illinois

    Median household income: $16,715
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,280
    Unemployment rate: 22.2%

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    #45. Highland Park, Michigan

    Median household income: $17,455
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,656
    Unemployment rate: 28.9%

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    #44. Pine Manor CDP, Florida

    Median household income: $17,917
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,444
    Unemployment rate: 12.2%

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    #43. Fitzgerald, Georgia

    Median household income: $18,396
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,242
    Unemployment rate: 8.5%

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    #42. Homer, Louisiana

    Median household income: $18,414
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,005
    Unemployment rate: 21.4%

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    #41. Kaser, New York

    Median household income: $18,538
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,197
    Unemployment rate: 5.7%

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    #40. Prestonsburg, Kentucky

    Median household income: $18,711
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,139
    Unemployment rate: 8.3%

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    #39. Kingstree, South Carolina

    Median household income: $19,073
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,231
    Unemployment rate: 6.7%

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    #38. Marianna, Arkansas

    Median household income: $19,318
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,190
    Unemployment rate: 19.6%

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    #37. University of California-Davis CDP, California

    Median household income: $19,677
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,531
    Unemployment rate: 13.8%

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    #36. East Cleveland, Ohio

    Median household income: $19,953
    Employed population 16 years and over: 5,501
    Unemployment rate: 24.9%

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    #35. Philippi, West Virginia

    Median household income: $19,957
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,233
    Unemployment rate: 10.9%

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    #34. Yazoo City, Mississippi

    Median household income: $20,038
    Employed population 16 years and over: 3,272
    Unemployment rate: 24.4%

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    #33. South Tucson, Arizona

    Median household income: $20,241
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,869
    Unemployment rate: 20.9%

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    #32. Duquesne, Pennsylvania

    Median household income: $21,495
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,774
    Unemployment rate: 24.8%

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    #31. Oneida, Tennessee

    Median household income: $22,021
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,113
    Unemployment rate: 23.7%

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    #30. Anthony, New Mexico

    Median household income: $22,724
    Employed population 16 years and over: 3,509
    Unemployment rate: 10.2%

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    #29. Hugo, Oklahoma

    Median household income: $23,108
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,417
    Unemployment rate: 16.1%

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    #28. Princess Anne, Maryland

    Median household income: $23,362
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,215
    Unemployment rate: 7.0%

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    #27. El Dorado Springs, Missouri

    Median household income: $23,485
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,106
    Unemployment rate: 12.2%

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    #26. Bucksport CDP, Maine

    Median household income: $23,865
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,077
    Unemployment rate: 8.2%

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    #25. Salmon, Idaho

    Median household income: $24,216
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,221
    Unemployment rate: 6.4%

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    #24. Walsenburg, Colorado

    Median household income: $24,779
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,005
    Unemployment rate: 22.3%

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    #23. Rocky Mount, Virginia

    Median household income: $25,833
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,000
    Unemployment rate: 5.9%

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    #22. Camden, New Jersey

    Median household income: $26,214
    Employed population 16 years and over: 25,370
    Unemployment rate: 16.5%

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    #21. Ainaloa CDP, Hawaii

    Median household income: $27,128
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,002
    Unemployment rate: 14.1%

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    #20. Ontario, Oregon

    Median household income: $27,262
    Employed population 16 years and over: 4,055
    Unemployment rate: 10.6%

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    #19. Pullman, Washington

    Median household income: $27,831
    Employed population 16 years and over: 14,715
    Unemployment rate: 11.0%

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    #18. Oaklawn-Sunview CDP, Kansas

    Median household income: $28,792
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,324
    Unemployment rate: 8.5%

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    #17. Central Falls, Rhode Island

    Median household income: $28,901
    Employed population 16 years and over: 8,266
    Unemployment rate: 10.4%

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    #16. Centerville, Iowa

    Median household income: $30,442
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,419
    Unemployment rate: 7.8%

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    #15. Whitewater, Wisconsin

    Median household income: $30,934
    Employed population 16 years and over: 7,809
    Unemployment rate: 8.8%

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    #14. Vermillion, South Dakota

    Median household income: $31,155
    Employed population 16 years and over: 5,928
    Unemployment rate: 7.6%

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    #13. Pine City, Minnesota

    Median household income: $31,190
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,374
    Unemployment rate: 3.8%

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    #12. Hamilton, Montana

    Median household income: $31,845
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,129
    Unemployment rate: 6.5%

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    #11. Bellows Falls, Vermont

    Median household income: $31,963
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,394
    Unemployment rate: 5.7%

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    #10. Hartford, Connecticut

    Median household income: $32,095
    Employed population 16 years and over: 49,385
    Unemployment rate: 17.5%

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    #9. Amherst Center CDP, Massachusetts

    Median household income: $32,121
    Employed population 16 years and over: 8,273
    Unemployment rate: 12.8%

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    #8. Laughlin CDP, Nevada

    Median household income: $32,758
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,221
    Unemployment rate: 15.4%

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    #7. Fox Farm-College CDP, Wyoming

    Median household income: $33,015
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,064
    Unemployment rate: 3.3%

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    #6. Superior, Nebraska

    Median household income: $35,536
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,017
    Unemployment rate: 2.0%

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    #5. Parowan, Utah

    Median household income: $36,127
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,126
    Unemployment rate: 14.7%

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    #4. Laurel, Delaware

    Median household income: $36,335
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,519
    Unemployment rate: 10.1%

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    #3. Rugby, North Dakota

    Median household income: $37,450
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,438
    Unemployment rate: 0%

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    #2. Littleton CDP, New Hampshire

    Median household income: $37,727
    Employed population 16 years and over: 2,406
    Unemployment rate: 7.5%

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    #1. Wrangell, Alaska

    Median household income: $52,986
    Employed population 16 years and over: 1,096
    Unemployment rate: 7.2%

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