Poverty in the U.S.: The Poorest Towns in Every State

Forest City, North Carolina

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Median Household Income: $24,383
Poverty Rate: 37.4%
Population: 7,250
Median Home Value: $88,500
Forest City, North Carolina, has the highest poverty rate and the highest SNAP benefit rate of the entire state. In fact, 37.7% of Forest City receive SNAP benefits. The poverty rate is also more than double the state’s average, which is 16.1%.

Forest City was formerly known as “Burnt Chimney,” and is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Forest City was also selected as the location for a new data center for Facebook in 2010 that cost $450 million dollars.

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