List of lowest-income counties in the United States

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This is a list of the lowest-income counties in the United States.

The county with the lowest per capita personal income in the 50 states and District of Columbia is Wheeler County, Georgia, while the territorial county-equivalent with the lowest per capita income (in the entire United States) is Manu'a District, American Samoa. The county with the lowest median household income in the 50 states and District of Columbia is Clay County, Georgia, while the territorial county-equivalent with the lowest median household income (in the entire United States) is Comerío Municipality, Puerto Rico.

50 counties with lowest per capita personal income[edit]

Two common measurements of the average annual income of individuals in the United States are: per capita income (PCI) and per capital personal income (PCPI). Per capita personal income is the more comprehensive of the two measures, and thus PCPI for an individual, county, or state will be higher than PCI. The difference between the two measurements is substantial. In 2019, for example, the per capita income of the United States was estimated at $34,103. The per capita personal income was estimated at $56,469. The following table is a listing of counties by PCPI.[1]

United States of America: $56,469

Rank County / Parish           State           Per capita
personal income
(2019)[2]
Notes
1 Wheeler County  Georgia $19,472 Location of Wheeler Correctional Facility
2 Ziebach County  South Dakota $19,940 County divided between Cheyenne River
and Standing Rock Indian reservations
3 Buffalo County  South Dakota $20,682 Most of county lies within Crow Creek Indian Reservation
4 Crowley County  Colorado $20,822 Location of Crowley County Correctional Facility
5 Telfair County  Georgia $21,535 Location of Telfair State Prison
and McRae Correctional Institution
6 Union County  Florida $22,440 Location of Union Correctional Institution
7 Elliott County  Kentucky $22,828 Location of Little Sandy Correctional Complex
8 Stewart County  Georgia $23,081
9 Hudspeth County  Texas $23,569
10 Forest County  Pennsylvania $24,113 Location of State Correctional Institution – Forest
11 Charlton County  Georgia $25,020 Location of D. Ray James Correctional Institution
12 Lake County  Tennessee $25,772 Location of Northwest Correctional Complex
13 Oglala Lakota County  South Dakota $25,840 County lies entirely within Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
14 Liberty County  Florida $25,973 Location of Liberty Correctional Institution
15 Glades County  Florida $26,102 Location of Moore Haven Correctional Facility
16 DeSoto County  Florida $26,128 Location of Desoto Annex state prison
17 Todd County  South Dakota $26,172 County lies entirely within Rosebud Indian Reservation
18 Johnson County  Georgia $26,341 Location of Johnson State Prison
19 McCreary County  Kentucky $26,600 Location of United States Penitentiary, McCreary
20 Bledsoe County  Tennessee $27,113 Location of Bledsoe County Correctional Complex
21 Corson County  South Dakota $27,114 County lies entirely within Standing Rock Indian Reservation
22 Long County  Georgia $27,232 Location of Long State Prison
23 Jackson County  South Dakota $27,278 Most of county lies within Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
24 Calhoun County  Georgia $27,390 Location of Calhoun State Prison
25 Hidalgo County  Texas $27,415
26 Issaquena County  Mississippi $27,430
27 Willacy County  Texas $27,584
28 Hamilton County  Florida $27,643 Location of Hamilton Correctional Institution
29 Lafayette County  Florida $27,645 Location of Mayo Correctional Institution Annex
30 Yazoo County  Mississippi $27,666 Location of Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City
31 Noble County  Ohio $27,703 Location of Noble Correctional Institution
32 Starr County  Texas $27,713
33 Morgan County  Kentucky $27,978 Location of Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex
34 Lincoln County  Arkansas $28,024 Location of Cummins and Varner correctional prisons
35 San Juan County  Utah $28,074
36 Hancock County  Tennessee $28,083
37 Searcy County  Arkansas $28,143
38 Echols County  Georgia $28,211
39 Brantley County  Georgia $28,248
40 Dixie County  Florida $28,314 Location of Cross City Correctional Institution
41 Sioux County  North Dakota $28,524 County lies entirely within Standing Rock Indian Reservation
42 Greene County  Mississippi $28,617 Location of South Mississippi Correctional Institution
43 Clayton County  Georgia $28,665
44 Madison County  Idaho $28,780
45 Johnson County  Arkansas $28,920
46 Wayne County  Tennessee $28,922 Location of South Central Correctional Facility
47 McDonald County  Missouri $28,931
48 Wayne County  Kentucky $28,935
49 Zapata County  Texas $28,936
50 Lanier County  Georgia $28,991

50 counties/parishes with lowest median household income[edit]

United States of America: $62,843[3]

Rank County / Parish            State            Median
household
income
(2019)[4]
1 Clay County  Georgia $24,732
2 Holmes County  Mississippi $26,348
3 Buffalo County  South Dakota $26,671
4 Taylor County  Georgia $28,234
5 Humphreys County  Mississippi $28,464
6 Greene County  Alabama $28,699
7 Owsley County  Kentucky $28,727
8 McDowell County  West Virginia $29,106
9 Sumter County  Alabama $29,209
10 Quitman County  Mississippi $29,318
11 Perry County  Alabama $29,572
12 Leflore County  Mississippi $29,687
13 East Carroll Parish  Louisiana $29,943
14 Harlan County  Kentucky $30,050
15 Clay County  Kentucky $30,175
16 Coahoma County  Mississippi $30,242
17 Bolivar County  Mississippi $30,309
18 Lee County  Arkansas $30,421
19 Jefferson County  Mississippi $30,871
20 Lee County  Kentucky $30,905
21 Bell County  Kentucky $30,940
22 Issaquena County  Mississippi $30,944
23 Wilcox County  Alabama $30,998
24 Washington County  Mississippi $31,018
25 Sharkey County  Mississippi $31,138
26 Johnson County  Kentucky $31,202
27 Claiborne County  Mississippi $31,221
28 Brooks County  Texas $31,410
29 Tensas Parish  Louisiana $31,436
30 Phillips County  Arkansas $31,521
31 Knox County  Kentucky $31,634
32 Hancock County  Georgia $31,715
33 Bullock County  Alabama $31,906
34 Tallahatchie County  Mississippi $31,915
35 Hancock County  Tennessee $31,938
36 Magoffin County  Kentucky $32,045
37 Jefferson Davis County  Mississippi $32,077
38 Allendale County  South Carolina $32,147
39 Leslie County  Kentucky $32,202
40 Madison Parish  Louisiana $32,229
41 Letcher County  Kentucky $32,435
42 Starr County  Texas $32,516
43 Zavala County  Texas $32,538
44 Luna County  New Mexico $32,544
45 Wilkinson County  Mississippi $32,612
46 Knott County  Kentucky $32,613
47 McCreary County  Kentucky $32,701
48 Wolfe County  Kentucky $32,773
49 Jenkins County  Georgia $32,808
50 Corson County  South Dakota $32,848

20 territorial equivalents with lowest per capita income[edit]

Note: This list excludes county-equivalents in the U.S. territories that have zero people, such as Rose Atoll.

Rank County-equivalent           Territory           Per capita
income
(2018 for PR)
(2010 for AS)
[5][6][note 1]
Manuʻa District  American Samoa $5,441
1 Maricao Municipality  Puerto Rico $5,974
Eastern District  American Samoa $6,191
Western District  American Samoa $6,429
2 Comerío Municipality  Puerto Rico $6,903
3 Las Marías Municipality  Puerto Rico $7,098
4 Adjuntas Municipality  Puerto Rico $7,126
5 Lajas Municipality  Puerto Rico $7,233
6 Guanica Municipality  Puerto Rico $7,430
7 Jayuya Municipality  Puerto Rico $7,519
8 Corozal Municipality  Puerto Rico $7,619
9 Orocovis Municipality  Puerto Rico $7,889
10 Arroyo Municipality  Puerto Rico $7,979
11 Barranquitas Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,221
12 Yauco Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,339
13 Ciales Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,398
14 Peñuelas Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,609
15 Utuado Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,639
16 Guayanilla Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,717
17 Lares Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,735
18 San Sebastián Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,739
19 Moca Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,806
20 Loíza Municipality  Puerto Rico $8,809

20 territorial equivalents with lowest median household income[edit]

Note: This list excludes county-equivalents in the U.S. territories that have zero people, such as Rose Atoll.

Rank County-equivalent           Territory           Median
household
income
(2018)[5][6]
1 Comerío Municipality  Puerto Rico $12,812
2 Adjuntas Municipality  Puerto Rico $12,902
3 Guanica Municipality  Puerto Rico $13,242
4 Maricao Municipality  Puerto Rico $13,262
5 Orocovis Municipality  Puerto Rico $13,319
6 Las Marías Municipality  Puerto Rico $13,435
7 Lajas Municipality  Puerto Rico $13,747
8 Mayagüez Municipality  Puerto Rico $14,120
9 Moca Municipality  Puerto Rico $14,155
10 Lares Municipality  Puerto Rico $14,540
11 San Sebastián Municipality  Puerto Rico $14,812
12 Yauco Municipality  Puerto Rico $14,954
13 Ciales Municipality  Puerto Rico $15,071
14 Corozal Municipality  Puerto Rico $15,088
15 Jayuya Municipality  Puerto Rico $15,424
16 Vieques Municipality  Puerto Rico $15,539
17 San Germán Municipality  Puerto Rico $15,619
18 Patillas Municipality  Puerto Rico $15,761
19 Barranquitas Municipality  Puerto Rico $15,970
20 Yabucoa Municipality  Puerto Rico $16,013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Per Capita Confusion for Counties". Indiana Business Research Center. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Personal Income by County and Metropolitan Area, 2019" (PDF). Bureau of Economic Advisors.
  3. ^ "Census Bureau Releases New American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate". United States Census Bureau.
  4. ^ "SAIPE State and County Estimates for 2019". United States Census Bureau.
  5. ^ a b [1]
    https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DPAS_ASDP3&prodType=table Archived 2020-02-14 at archive.today
    American FactFinder. American Samoa. DP03 - Selected Economic characteristics. (And Puerto Rico 2013-2017 American Community Survey estimates). Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  6. ^ a b https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/sanjuanmunicipiopuertorico/DIS010218 U.S. Census Bureau. QuickFacts - Puerto Rico municipalities (municipios). 2014-2018 American Community Survey estimates. Retrieved July 4, 2020. [Note: URL link is San Juan's data. To see the data of a different municipio, use the search bar.]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Puerto Rico data is from 2018. American Samoa data is from 2010. Because American Samoa data is more than 5 years old, county-equivalents in American Samoa are not ranked.