The Most Poverty Stricken Areas In The United States

The Poorest

In 2012, the average household income was basically unchanged, according to reports from the U.S. Census Bureau. This is even with the fact that the U.S. had added over 2.2 million jobs during the year.

The fact is that the country is considered stagnant, which continues to hold it in a bad place. As the U.S. economy continues to struggle, the rich states are remaining rich and the poor states are remaining poor. The following list will highlight the 10 poorest states in the U.S. and contributing factors that put this in this ranking.

10. Oklahoma

The median household income for people living in Oklahoma is $44,312, which places it at 17.2 percent below the national poverty line. The income in this state was a total of $7,000 below the national median for 2012. This state is also among the lowest in the nation health insurance, with a total of 18 percent of the state’s population not having coverage.