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Discussion in 'Community Forum' started by ptbrauch, Sep 19, 2011.
Where would you say the poorest place in Kentucky is?
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.
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.
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.
If I recall correctly for years it would flip flop between Elliot and Menifee county's.
McCreary County has consistently been the poorest I'd suspect it is or near the top of the bottom
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.
Wolfe county. martin county could be up there as well. that is the most rural place i've seen in kentucky
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.
heres the average per capita income for the lowest Kentucky counties.....It lines up differently than the household income.
Clay County, Kentucky $9,716
McCreary County, Kentucky $9,896
Wolfe County, Kentucky $10,321
Leslie County, Kentucky $10,429
Martin County, Kentucky $10,650
Magoffin County, Kentucky $10,685
Jackson County, Kentucky $10,711
Owsley County, Kentucky $10,742
Breathitt County, Kentucky $11,044
Heres another list of the average mediun household income..Ive seen a dozen different list at least..
1 Kalawao County, Hawai'i $9,333
2 Buffalo County, South Dakota $12,692
3 Owsley County, Kentucky $15,805
4 Clay County, Kentucky $16,271
5 Starr County, Texas $16,504
6 Wilcox County, Alabama $16,646
7 Zavala County, Texas $16,844
8 McDowell County, West Virginia $16,931
9 Holmes County, Mississippi $17,235
10 Ziebach County, South Dakota $18,062
11 Martin County, Kentucky $18,279
12 Knox County, Kentucky $18,294
13 Jefferson County, Mississippi $18,447
14 Lee County, Kentucky $18,544
15 Leslie County, Kentucky $18,546
16 Brooks County, Texas $18,622
17 Harlan County, Kentucky $18,665
18 Sumter County, Alabama $18,911
19 Wilkinson County, Mississippi $18,929
20 Bell County, Kentucky $19,057
21 Breathitt County, Kentucky $19,155
22 Wolfe County, Kentucky $19,310
23 McCreary County, Kentucky $19,348
24 Magoffin County, Kentucky $19,421
25 Costilla County, Colorado $19,531
26 Clinton County, Kentucky $19,563
27 Hancock County, Tennessee $19,760
28 Tensas Parish, Louisiana $19,799
29 Greene County, Alabama $19,819
30 Presidio County, Texas $19,860
31 Issaquena County, Mississippi $19,936
32 Todd County, South Dakota $20,035
33 Jackson County, Kentucky $20,177
34 Perry County, Alabama $20,200
35 Knott County, Kentucky $20,373
36 Madison Parish, Louisiana $20,509
37 Lee County, Arkansas $20,510
38 Evangeline Parish, Louisiana $20,532
39 Humphreys County, Mississippi $20,566
40 Bullock County, Alabama $20,605
41 Quitman County, Mississippi $20,636
42 Corson County, South Dakota $20,654
43 East Carroll Parish, Louisiana $20,723
44 Luna County, New Mexico $20,784
45 Wayne County, Kentucky $20,863
46 Shannon County, Missouri $20,878
47 Allendale County, South Carolina $20,898
48 Shannon County, South Dakota $20,916
49 Elliott County, Kentucky $21,014
50 Hudspeth County, Texas $21,045
51 Webster County, West Virginia $21,055
52 Letcher County, Kentucky $21,110
53 Summers County, West Virginia $21,147
54 Floyd County, Kentucky $21,168
One thing about that Kalawao County, Hawaii, the $9,333 is much worst than it looks like. EVERYTHING has to be shiped over there so prices are much higher than here in the mainland. The low income and higher prices makes it worst.
The wallet located in my back pocket.
Your right..I have some buddies that worked over in the BOP's federal prison in HI..You get something like 20% added to your base pay for cost of living over there and from what Im told that dosnt do it..$7-$8 gallons of milk, $5 cakes of bread,etc..Rediculous cost of living...
According to this we have 4 of the top 5 counties in the U.S.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/...c_n_799526.html#s212810&title=1_Owsley_County
How about my house, right here in Poverty Flats.
I'd say the west end of Louisville if not for government assistance. I worked down there for a couple years for a rental company that did mostly section 8 doing electrical work and no one down there had a job. Mail box watchers mostly. Work harder millions on welfare are depending on you!
One factor that many may not think of that limits peoples income in some of those counties is the amount of land owned by the fed. government as in National Forests,etc.Years ago I lived and worked in McCreary county for a little over 2 years.If you liked the outdoors and fishing,hiking,hunting,canoeing,etc. McCreary was a good place to be.I seem to recall that around 70 perecent of the land surface of that county is government owned so that limits income probablilities for the people that live and work there.I seem to recall that limited logging may have been allowed in some parts of the National Forest which did provide for a few jobs during that time but it was closely regulated.Certainly not all but some of the Ky counties on those lists you all have posted up do have some federal government land in them thus limiting their use for earning income.
poor or not, mcreary county is a beautiful county. i would own property there in a second. the indians were also said to come to the area alot due to the good fishing and hunting and abundance of rock shelters.