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The poorest town in every state

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Siego // Wikimedia Commons

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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Ken Lund//Flickr

#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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Jeremy Mikkola//Wikimedia

#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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Larry D. Moore//Wikipedia

#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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Chris Pruitt//Wikimedia

#47. Livingston, Alabama

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

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Smallbones//Wikimedia

#46. Centreville, Illinois

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

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Andrew Jameson//Wikimedia

#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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Ebyabe//Wikimedia

#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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Bubba73 (Jud McCranie)//Wikimedia

#43. Fitzgerald, Georgia

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

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Billy Hathorn//Wikimedia

#42. Homer, Louisiana

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

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Daniel Case//Wikipedia

#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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Nyttend//Wikimedia

#40. Prestonsburg, Kentucky

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

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Ammodramus//Wikimedia

#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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Thomas R Machnitzki (thomas@machnitzki.com)//Wikimedia

#38. Marianna, Arkansas

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

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Bev Sykes from Davis, CA, USA//Wikimedia

#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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Nyttend//Wikimedia

#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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Brian M. Powell (user Bitmapped on en.wikipedia)//Wikimedia

#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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Boston Public Library//Wikimedia

#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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Ken Lund from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA//Wikimedia

#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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Doug Kerr from Albany, NY, United States//Wikimedia

#32. Duquesne, Pennsylvania

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

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Brian Stansberry//Wikimedia

#31. Oneida, Tennessee

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

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AllenS//Wikimedia

#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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Michael Barera//Wikimedia

#29. Hugo, Oklahoma

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

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Linda Roy Walls//Wikimedia

#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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Bungaloid//Wikimedia

#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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Spencer Means//Flickr

#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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Katja Schulz from Washington, D. C., USA//Wikimedia

#25. Salmon, Idaho

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

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Xnatedawgx//Wikimedia

#24. Walsenburg, Colorado

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

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MarmadukePercy//Wikimedia

#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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Smallbones//Wikimedia

#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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Ron Reiring//Wikimedia

#20. Ontario, Oregon

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

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Joe Mabel//Wikimedia

#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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John Phelan//Wikimedia

#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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Sector001//Wikimedia

#16. Centerville, Iowa

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

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Royalbroil//Wikimedia

#15. Whitewater, Wisconsin

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

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Magicpiano//Wikimedia

#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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AlexiusHoratius//Wikimedia

#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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Itsa Ortiz//Wikimedia

#12. Hamilton, Montana

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

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Sfoskett commonswiki//Wikimedia

#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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John Phelan//Wikimedia

#10. Hartford, Connecticut

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

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John Phelan//Wikimedia

#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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Cathixx//Wikimedia

#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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Idawriter//Wikimedia

#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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Ammodramus//Wikimedia

#6. Superior, Nebraska

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

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C.Maylett//Wikimedia

#5. Parowan, Utah

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

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Lee Cannon//Flickr

#4. Laurel, Delaware

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

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Siego// Wikimedia Commons

#3. Rugby, North Dakota

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

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Gopats92//Wikimedia

#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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brewbooks//Wikimedia

#1. Wrangell, Alaska

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

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