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

Fredericktown, Missouri

Fredericktown, Missouri


Median Household Income: $24,640
Poverty Rate: 28.9%
Population: 3,999
Median Home Value: $84,500

This tiny town in eastern Missouri is the poorest town in the state, earning less than half of the state’s median household income of $51,542. This is another situation where education plays a factor — just 16.7% of adults in Fredericktown have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

At one point in time, the Old Lead Belt mines that are located immediately east of Fredericktown were one of the largest sources of lead in the United States.

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