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Bertie ranks the poorest of North Carolina counties

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By Michael Carroll | Dec 19, 2019


Bertie was ranked the most impoverished county in North Carolina in a 24/7 Wall St. analysis of the least affluent regions in all 50 states.

Bertie recorded a median household income of $31,287 annually, based on 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data. That compares to a median household income of $50,320 per year for the entire state, according to the analysis.

Bertie’s poverty rate was pegged at 22 percent, and its October 2018 jobless rate was 4.2.

With the exception of Connecticut, each state’s poorest jurisdiction has a median annual household income under the national average of $57,652, according to 24/7 Wall St. And in most states, households in the poorest counties earned less than $40,000 annually, the analysis concluded.

The poorest counties in each state also had similar characteristics, including their tendency to be mostly rural, with decreasing populations and a lack of employment opportunities, according to the study.


Poorest Counties by State

State County / JurisdictionCounty Median Household IncomeState Median Household IncomeCounty Poverty RateOctober 2018 Jobless Rate
AlabamaSumter County$21,663$46,47236.0%5.3%
AlaskaKusilvak Census Area$36,468$76,11439.1%N/A
ArizonaApache County$32,360$53,51035.9%9.4%
ArkansasPhillips County$26,652$43,81333.0%5.1%
CaliforniaLake County$40,446$67,16922.8%4.7%
ColoradoOtero County$35,051$65,45822.9%4.4%
ConnecticutWindham County$62,553$73,78111.1%4.1%
DelawareKent County$57,647$63,03613.0%3.8%
FloridaMadison County$31,816$50,88331.9%3.3%
GeorgiaTelfair County$28,044$52,97727.7%5.8%
HawaiiHawaii County$56,395$74,92317.4%3.5%
IdahoMadison County$33,620$50,98531.8%1.4%
IllinoisAlexander County$31,014$61,22933.4%6.5%
IndianaCrawford County$40,067$52,18217.8%4.5%
IowaAppanoose County$40,377$56,57017.1%2.6%
KansasCrawford County$38,017$55,47721.1%3.5%
KentuckyMcCreary County$19,264$46,53541.0%5.9%
LouisianaClaiborne Parish$26,877$46,71029.9%4.9%
MainePiscataquis County$38,797$53,02418.7%3.6%
MarylandAllegany County$42,771$78,91616.8%4.8%
MassachusettsHampden County$52,205$74,16717.2%4.0%
MichiganLake County$32,309$52,66825.0%4.8%
MinnesotaMahnomen County$42,439$65,69922.7%3.2%
MississippiHolmes County$20,330$42,00946.5%7.7%
MissouriShannon County$31,202$51,54230.5%3.9%
MontanaBlaine County$35,506$50,80132.7%3.6%
NebraskaSheridan County$41,209$56,67515.8%2.3%
NevadaNye County$44,225$55,43417.3%5.5%
New HampshireCoos County$45,386$71,30513.3%2.4%
New JerseyCumberland County$50,000$76,47518.8%5.1%
New MexicoQuay County$26,663$46,71821.6%4.7%
New YorkBronx County$36,593$62,76529.7%5.3%
North CarolinaBertie County$31,287$50,32022.0%4.2%
North DakotaRolette County$36,170$61,28532.4%6.2%
OhioAdams County$36,320$52,40723.8%6.5%
OklahomaChoctaw County$30,298$49,76731.0%4.2%
OregonMalheur County$37,112$56,11925.2%4.1%
PennsylvaniaForest County$37,106$56,95114.1%5.0%
Rhode IslandProvidence County$52,530$61,04316.7%3.4%
South CarolinaAllendale County$23,331$48,78130.4%5.6%
South DakotaMellette County$31,165$54,12642.6%4.1%
TennesseeScott County$31,875$48,70826.2%4.8%
TexasStarr County$27,133$57,05135.0%7.9%
UtahWayne County$42,444$65,3259.2%2.9%
VermontEssex County$38,767$57,80815.5%2.3%
VirginiaBuchanan County$30,828$68,76626.5%5.1%
WashingtonPacific County$39,895$66,17418.6%6.1%
West VirginiaMcDowell County$25,595$44,06134.9%8.6%
WisconsinMenominee County$38,080$56,75935.8%4.4%
WyomingAlbany County$45,816$60,93823.0%2.9%
Source: 24/7 Wall St. 

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