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

Beckley, West Virginia

Beckley, West Virginia

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Median Household Income: $39,695
Poverty Rate: 20.2%
Population: 16,963
Median Home Value: $114,300

While there might be a stereotype about West Virginia, Beckley is the only town in the state where one in five residents live at or below the poverty line. West Virginia has one of the lowest median household incomes in the country.

Beckley is also one of the smaller metros in the United States, located in southern West Virginia, about 200 miles west of Charlottesville, Virginia. It is comprised of Fayette and Raleigh counties.

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