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EVEN THE RICHEST STATES HAVE SOME VERY POOR TOWNS

Incomes in the United States are far from uniform. A typical household in Scarsdale, New York earns nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year, or more than 13 times the income of a typical household in Macon, Mississippi of $18,232.

Incomes also vary within each state. No matter how rich a state is on average, it has some very poor towns — towns where incomes are much lower than incomes of not only the state’s richest towns, but also than the median income statewide. In every state, there is at least one town with a median annual household income thousands of dollars lower than the state’s median. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the poorest town in each state.

In general, towns in wealthier states tend to be wealthier, and towns in poorer states tend to be poorer. Mississippi, the poorest state in the country, is home to the poorest town. Incomes in the poorest towns in Alaska and Hawaii, each among the five wealthiest states, are only slightly less than the national median of $53,657 a year.

Some states have much more economic diversity. Many of the wealthiest states are also home to the poorest places not just in the state, but also in the country. Median incomes in Cumberland, Maryland and Camden, New Jersey are more than $40,000 lower than the typical household annual income across the state.

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       1. PRICHARD, ALABAMA

> Town median household income: $21,860
> State median household income: $42,830
> Town poverty rate: 37.9%
> Town population: 22,475

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2. KETCHIKAN, ALASKA

> Town median household income: $52,765

> State median household income: $71,583

> Town poverty rate: 15.3%

> Town population: 8,173

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3. NOGALES, ARIZONA

> Town median household income: $27,567

> State median household income: $50,068

> Town poverty rate: 35.2%

> Town population: 20,699

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4. HOPE, ARKANSAS

> Town median household income: $24,423

> State median household income: $41,262

> Town poverty rate: 36.3%

> Town population: 10,033

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5. CLEARLAKE, CALIFORNIA

> Town median household income: $25,532

> State median household income: $61,933

> Town poverty rate: 34.8%

> Town population: 15,121

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