Rolette County ranks the poorest of North Dakota counties, study finds

Rolette County was ranked the poorest county in North Dakota in a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the least affluent regions in all 50 states.

Rolette County recorded a median household income of $36,170 annually, based on 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data. That compares to a statewide median household income of $61,285 per year, according to the analysis.

Rolette County's poverty rate was pegged at 32.4%, and its October 2018 jobless rate was 6.2%.

With the exception of Connecticut, each state’s poorest jurisdiction has a median annual household income under the national average of $57,652, according to Wall St. 24/7. And in most states, households in the poorest counties earned less than $40,000 annually, the analysis concluded.

The poorest counties in each state also had similar characteristics, including their tendency to be mostly rural, with decreasing populations and a lack of employment opportunities, according to the study.


Poorest Counties by State

State County / JurisdictionCounty Median Household IncomeState Median Household IncomeCounty Poverty RateOctober 2018 Jobless Rate
AlabamaSumter County$21,663$46,47236.0%5.3%
AlaskaKusilvak Census Area$36,468$76,11439.1%N/A
ArizonaApache County$32,360$53,51035.9%9.4%
ArkansasPhillips County$26,652$43,81333.0%5.1%
CaliforniaLake County$40,446$67,16922.8%4.7%
ColoradoOtero County$35,051$65,45822.9%4.4%
ConnecticutWindham County$62,553$73,78111.1%4.1%
DelawareKent County$57,647$63,03613.0%3.8%
FloridaMadison County$31,816$50,88331.9%3.3%
GeorgiaTelfair County$28,044$52,97727.7%5.8%
HawaiiHawaii County$56,395$74,92317.4%3.5%
IdahoMadison County$33,620$50,98531.8%1.4%
IllinoisAlexander County$31,014$61,22933.4%6.5%
IndianaCrawford County$40,067$52,18217.8%4.5%
IowaAppanoose County$40,377$56,57017.1%2.6%
KansasCrawford County$38,017$55,47721.1%3.5%
KentuckyMcCreary County$19,264$46,53541.0%5.9%
LouisianaClaiborne Parish$26,877$46,71029.9%4.9%
MainePiscataquis County$38,797$53,02418.7%3.6%
MarylandAllegany County$42,771$78,91616.8%4.8%
MassachusettsHampden County$52,205$74,16717.2%4.0%
MichiganLake County$32,309$52,66825.0%4.8%
MinnesotaMahnomen County$42,439$65,69922.7%3.2%
MississippiHolmes County$20,330$42,00946.5%7.7%
MissouriShannon County$31,202$51,54230.5%3.9%
MontanaBlaine County$35,506$50,80132.7%3.6%
NebraskaSheridan County$41,209$56,67515.8%2.3%
NevadaNye County$44,225$55,43417.3%5.5%
New HampshireCoos County$45,386$71,30513.3%2.4%
New JerseyCumberland County$50,000$76,47518.8%5.1%
New MexicoQuay County$26,663$46,71821.6%4.7%
New YorkBronx County$36,593$62,76529.7%5.3%
North CarolinaBertie County$31,287$50,32022.0%4.2%
North DakotaRolette County$36,170$61,28532.4%6.2%
OhioAdams County$36,320$52,40723.8%6.5%
OklahomaChoctaw County$30,298$49,76731.0%4.2%
OregonMalheur County$37,112$56,11925.2%4.1%
PennsylvaniaForest County$37,106$56,95114.1%5.0%
Rhode IslandProvidence County$52,530$61,04316.7%3.4%
South CarolinaAllendale County$23,331$48,78130.4%5.6%
South DakotaMellette County$31,165$54,12642.6%4.1%
TennesseeScott County$31,875$48,70826.2%4.8%
TexasStarr County$27,133$57,05135.0%7.9%
UtahWayne County$42,444$65,3259.2%2.9%
VermontEssex County$38,767$57,80815.5%2.3%
VirginiaBuchanan County$30,828$68,76626.5%5.1%
WashingtonPacific County$39,895$66,17418.6%6.1%
West VirginiaMcDowell County$25,595$44,06134.9%8.6%
WisconsinMenominee County$38,080$56,75935.8%4.4%
WyomingAlbany County$45,816$60,93823.0%2.9%
Source: Wall St. 24/7

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