Otero ranks the poorest of Colorado counties

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Published Saturday, June 29, 2019
by The Center Square

Otero was ranked the poorest county in Colorado in a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the least affluent regions in all 50 states.

Otero recorded a median household income of $35,051 annually, based on 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data. That compares to a statewide median household income of $65,458 per year, according to the analysis.

Otero's poverty rate was pegged at 22.9 percent, and its October 2018 jobless rate was 4.4.

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 / Jurisdiction

County Median Household Income

State Median Household Income

County Poverty Rate

October 2018 Jobless Rate

Alabama

Sumter County

$21,663

$46,472

36.0%

5.3%

Alaska

Kusilvak Census Area

$36,468

$76,114

39.1%

N/A

Arizona

Apache County

$32,360

$53,510

35.9%

9.4%

Arkansas

Phillips County

$26,652

$43,813

33.0%

5.1%

California

Lake County

$40,446

$67,169

22.8%

4.7%

Colorado

Otero County

$35,051

$65,458

22.9%

4.4%

Connecticut

Windham County

$62,553

$73,781

11.1%

4.1%

Delaware

Kent County

$57,647

$63,036

13.0%

3.8%

Florida

Madison County

$31,816

$50,883

31.9%

3.3%

Georgia

Telfair County

$28,044

$52,977

27.7%

5.8%

Hawaii

Hawaii County

$56,395

$74,923

17.4%

3.5%

Idaho

Madison County

$33,620

$50,985

31.8%

1.4%

Illinois

Alexander County

$31,014

$61,229

33.4%

6.5%

Indiana

Crawford County

$40,067

$52,182

17.8%

4.5%

Iowa

Appanoose County

$40,377

$56,570

17.1%

2.6%

Kansas

Crawford County

$38,017

$55,477

21.1%

3.5%

Kentucky

McCreary County

$19,264

$46,535

41.0%

5.9%

Louisiana

Claiborne Parish

$26,877

$46,710

29.9%

4.9%

Maine

Piscataquis County

$38,797

$53,024

18.7%

3.6%

Maryland

Allegany County

$42,771

$78,916

16.8%

4.8%

Massachusetts

Hampden County

$52,205

$74,167

17.2%

4.0%

Michigan

Lake County

$32,309

$52,668

25.0%

4.8%

Minnesota

Mahnomen County

$42,439

$65,699

22.7%

3.2%

Mississippi

Holmes County

$20,330

$42,009

46.5%

7.7%

Missouri

Shannon County

$31,202

$51,542

30.5%

3.9%

Montana

Blaine County

$35,506

$50,801

32.7%

3.6%

Nebraska

Sheridan County

$41,209

$56,675

15.8%

2.3%

Nevada

Nye County

$44,225

$55,434

17.3%

5.5%

New Hampshire

Coos County

$45,386

$71,305

13.3%

2.4%

New Jersey

Cumberland County

$50,000

$76,475

18.8%

5.1%

New Mexico

Quay County

$26,663

$46,718

21.6%

4.7%

New York

Bronx County

$36,593

$62,765

29.7%

5.3%

North Carolina

Bertie County

$31,287

$50,320

22.0%

4.2%

North Dakota

Rolette County

$36,170

$61,285

32.4%

6.2%

Ohio

Adams County

$36,320

$52,407

23.8%

6.5%

Oklahoma

Choctaw County

$30,298

$49,767

31.0%

4.2%

Oregon

Malheur County

$37,112

$56,119

25.2%

4.1%

Pennsylvania

Forest County

$37,106

$56,951

14.1%

5.0%

Rhode Island

Providence County

$52,530

$61,043

16.7%

3.4%

South Carolina

Allendale County

$23,331

$48,781

30.4%

5.6%

South Dakota

Mellette County

$31,165

$54,126

42.6%

4.1%

Tennessee

Scott County

$31,875

$48,708

26.2%

4.8%

Texas

Starr County

$27,133

$57,051

35.0%

7.9%

Utah

Wayne County

$42,444

$65,325

9.2%

2.9%

Vermont

Essex County

$38,767

$57,808

15.5%

2.3%

Virginia

Buchanan County

$30,828

$68,766

26.5%

5.1%

Washington

Pacific County

$39,895

$66,174

18.6%

6.1%

West Virginia

McDowell County

$25,595

$44,061

34.9%

8.6%

Wisconsin

Menominee County

$38,080

$56,759

35.8%

4.4%

Wyoming

Albany County

$45,816

$60,938

23.0%

2.9%

Source: Wall St. 24/7

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