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

Central, South Carolina



Median Household Income: $26,623
Poverty Rate: 40.8%
Population: 5,161
Median Home Value: $106,400

Home to Southern Wesleyan University and approximately 1,500 students, these residents make the income look like less than it would be if they were not included. Just 5.7% of residents use SNAP benefits, compared to the 14% of residents in all of South Carolina who use them.

Central, South Carolina is also about eight miles away from Clemson, the home of Clemson University. Clemson University is a highly recognized engineering school that has an average freshman retention rate rate of 93%, which is an indicator of student satisfaction.

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