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

St. Johnsbury, Vermont

St. Johnsbury, Vermont

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Median Household Income: $36,958
Poverty Rate: 15%
Population: 5,789
Median Home Value: $148,800

While this small town in northern Vermont has the lowest median household income — $20,269, to be exact — in the state, the residents aren’t all that badly off. In fact, the poverty rate is just slightly higher than the national average of 14.6%.

However, out of the total people living in poverty, 37.8% are under the age of 18. St. Johnsbury is considered to be historic and was known as one of the most prosperous towns in the Northeast back in the 1800s.

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