List of lowest-income counties in the United States

These are lists of the lowest-income counties in the United States, based on measures of per capita income and median household income.

50 counties/parishes with lowest per capita personal income

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.[1] The following table is a listing of counties by PCPI.

United States of America: $59,510

Rank County / Parish State Per capita
personal income
(2020)[2]
Notes
1
Wheeler County Georgia
$21,087
Location of Wheeler Correctional Facility
2
Telfair County Georgia
$22,644
Location of Telfair State Prison
and McRae Correctional Institution
3
Crowley County Colorado
$23,751
Location of Crowley County Correctional Facility
4
Union County Florida
$24,593
Location of Union Correctional Institution
5
Stewart County Georgia
$25,041
6
Lake County Tennessee
$25,921
Location of Northwest Correctional Complex
7
Ziebach County South Dakota 
$26,103
County divided between Cheyenne River
and Standing Rock Indian reservations
8
Buffalo County South Dakota
$26,748
Most of county lies within Crow Creek Indian Reservation
9
Hudspeth County Texas
$26,835
10
Elliott County Kentucky
$27,001
Location of Little Sandy Correctional Complex
11
Charlton County Georgia
$27,192
Location of D. Ray James Correctional Institution
12
DeSoto County Florida
$27,863
Location of Desoto Annex state prison
13
Johnson County Georgia
$27,965
Location of Johnson State Prison
14
Glades County Florida
$28,116
Location of Moore Haven Correctional Facility
15
Forest County Pennsylvania
$28,271
Location of State Correctional Institution – Forest
16
Calhoun County Georgia
$28,426
Location of Calhoun State Prison
17
Todd County South Dakota
$28,440
County lies entirely within Rosebud Indian Reservation
18
Liberty County Florida
$28,496
Location of Liberty Correctional Institution
19
Zapata County Texas
$28,981
20
Lincoln County Arkansas
$29,008
Location of Cummins and Varner correctional prisons
21
Hamilton County Florida
$29,383
Location of Hamilton Correctional Institution
22
Bledsoe County Tennessee
$29,572
Location of Bledsoe County Correctional Complex
23
Oglala Lakota County  South Dakota
$29,721
County lies entirely within Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
24
Long County Georgia
$29,738
Location of Long State Prison
25
Wilcox County Georgia
$29,895
Location of Wilcox State Prison
26
Brantley County Georgia
$30,007
27
Lafayette County Florida
$30,032
Location of Mayo Correctional Institution Annex
28
San Juan County Utah
$30,198
29
Tattnall County Georgia
$30,222
Location of Georgia, Rogers, and Smith state prisons
30
Noble County Ohio
$30,397
Location of Noble Correctional Institution
31
Dixie County Florida
$30,651
Location of Cross City Correctional Institution
32
Jackson County South Dakota
$30,705
Most of county lies within Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
33
Johnson County Arkansas
$30,728
34
Madison County Idaho
$30,838
35
St. Francis County Arkansas
$30,903
Location of Federal Correctional Institution, Forrest City
36
McCreary County Kentucky
$30,943
Location of United States Penitentiary, McCreary
37
Gilmer County West Virginia
$31,020
Location of Federal Correctional Institution, Gilmer
38
Lanier County Georgia
$31,021
39
Douglas County Missouri
$31,031
40
Greene County Mississippi
$31,102
Location of South Mississippi Correctional Institution
41
Hidalgo County Texas
$31,153
42
Garza County Texas
$31,223
Location of Giles W. Dalby Correctional Institution
43
Hancock County Tennessee
$31,243
44
Hickory County Missouri
$31,380
45
Corson County South Dakota
$31,442
County lies entirely within Standing Rock Indian Reservation
46
Morgan County Kentucky
$31,500
Location of Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex
47
Marion County Georgia
$31,621
48
Searcy County Arkansas
$31,657
49
Willacy County Texas
$31,710
50
Hardee County Florida
$31,775
Location of Hardee Correctional Institution

50 counties/parishes with lowest median household income

United States of America: $67,340

Rank County / Parish State Median
household income
(2020)[3]
1
Buffalo County South Dakota
$22,901
2
Owsley County Kentucky
$25,997
3
McDowell County West Virginia
$26,582
4
Clay County Kentucky
$26,866
5
Catron County New Mexico
$27,423
6
Taliaferro County Georgia
$28,004
7
Corson County South Dakota
$29,860
8
Holmes County Mississippi
$30,003
9
Coahoma County Mississippi
$30,047
10
Bell County Kentucky
$30,202
11
Martin County Kentucky
$30,320
12
Humphreys County Mississippi
$30,474
13
Lee County Kentucky
$30,575
14
Harlan County Kentucky
$30,745
15
Walthall County Mississippi
$30,992
16
Quitman County Mississippi
$31,077
17
Todd County South Dakota
$31,256
18
McCreary County Kentucky
$31,453
19
Knox County Kentucky
$31,568
20
Ziebach County South Dakota
$31,599
21
Wilcox County Alabama
$31,909
22
Lake County Tennessee
$32,163
23
Oglala Lakota County  South Dakota
$32,195
24
Sumter County Alabama
$32,275
25
Magoffin County Kentucky
$32,389
26
Lee County Arkansas
$32,502
27
Issaquena County Mississippi
$32,675
28
Jefferson County Mississippi
$32,683
29
Allendale County South Carolina
$32,701
30
East Carroll Parish Louisiana
$32,813
31
Mingo County West Virginia
$32,955
32
Hancock County Tennessee
$33,109
33
Bullock County Alabama
$33,124
34
Knott County Kentucky
$33,253
35
Tensas Parish Louisiana
$33,294
36
Brooks County Texas
$33,513
37
Scotland County North Carolina 
$33,531
38
Greene County Alabama
$33,609
39
Perry County Alabama
$33,712
40
Wolfe County Kentucky
$33,757
41
Searcy County Arkansas
$33,814
42
Madison Parish Louisiana
$33,841
43
Breathitt County Kentucky
$33,852
44
Webster County West Virginia
$34,396
45
Pemiscot County Missouri
$34,498
46
Claiborne County Mississippi
$34,551
47
Whitley County Kentucky
$34,559
48
Dallas County Arkansas
$34,649
49
Conecuh County Alabama
$34,664
50
Leflore County Mississippi
$34,818

20 territorial equivalents with lowest per capita income

Rank County-equivalent Territory Per capita
income
(2018 for PR)
[4][note 1]
1
Maricao Municipality Puerto Rico
$5,974
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

Rank County-equivalent Territory Median
household
income
(2018)[4]
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

References

  1. "Per Capita Confusion for Counties". Indiana Business Research Center. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  2. "Personal Income by County and Metropolitan Area, 2020" (PDF). Bureau of Economic Advisors. November 16, 2021.
  3. "SAIPE State and County Estimates for 2020". United States Census Bureau.
  4. 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.]

Notes

  1. Puerto Rico data is from 2018.

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