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    Where would you say the poorest place in Kentucky is?
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    Im gonna guess around the Letcher, breathitt county area? but then it could be Clay,Wolfe,martin,Magoffin....they all have very low annual incomes..I know Kentucky is second only to Texas in the number of counties on the 100 poorest counties in Americas list..Then they only have one more than us..Then if Im not mistaken Wheelwright,Ky here in Floyd co had a average income of just over 5K during the last census..
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYBOY View Post
    Im gonna guess around the Letcher, breathitt county area? but then it could be Clay,Wolfe,martin,Magoffin....they all have very low annual incomes..I know Kentucky is second only to Texas in the number of counties on the 100 poorest counties in Americas list..Then they only have one more than us..Then if Im not mistaken Wheelwright,Ky here in Floyd co had a average income of just over 5K during the last census..
    That's partly because KY has more counties than any other state, but we consistently rank toward the bottom in per capita income anyway. There are pockets of poor all over the place; there simply are no jobs in some areas.
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    Im a CRJ major at EKU and I just got a magazine talking about the three poorest counties in the state. I believe Clay was one and Owsley was another. but I forget the other one.. Ill look and post later.

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    Its been a few years but I remember learning in College that KY's poorest Counties were the ones on the fringe of eastern KY that produce very little coal. I'm thinking Wolfe, Manifee, and possibly Owsely.
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    If I recall correctly for years it would flip flop between Elliot and Menifee county's.

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    McCreary County has consistently been the poorest I'd suspect it is or near the top of the bottom

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    I remember seeing something a year or two back saying Lee County was one of the poorest in the nation, cant remember where I saw it though. I grouse hunt around there and there is a person living in a rusted out school bus with a piece of PVC pipe rammed through the roof for a chimney near one of the hollers I hunt. About the poorest Ive seen.

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    Wolfe county. martin county could be up there as well. that is the most rural place i've seen in kentucky

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    Google is your friend.

    The 10 U.S. counties with the lowest annual median household incomes are:

    1. Owsley County, Ky. - $21,177

    2. Zavala County, Texas - $21,843

    3. Clay County, Ky. - $22,255

    4. Knox County, Ky. -$22,493

    5. Wilcox County, Ala. - $22,611

    6. Quitman County, Miss. - $22,625

    7. Sumter County, Ala. - $22,857

    8. McCreary County, Ky. - $23,163

    9. East Carroll Parish, La. - $23,186

    10. Lee County, Ark. - $23,716

    Nationwide, the median annual household income was just over $50,000.
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