The Poorest Counties in the U.S.

The Poorest Counties in the U.S.

Sadly, the U.S. isn’t getting any richer. According to the latest data set from the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.3% of the country, or 42.9 million Americans, lived below the poverty line in 2009, an increase of 3.5 million from the year before. During the last two years, the federal poverty level has remained constant. In 2008, the poverty line for a family of four was $21,200 and in 2009, it was $22,050. Poverty rates across the nation vary, with the lowest percentage being exhibited by Los Alamos County in New Mexico, where only 3.1% of the population lives below the povery line. So, in what counties are residents most impoverished? MainStreet broke down the top 10 poorest counties in the U.S. by the poverty rate, as established in the 2009 census. Read on to find out if your county made the list. Photo Credit: valeblos