Poorest States 2019

In order to determine which states in the United States the poorest in a given year, it is first important to collect the average income values of residents who live in each state. After the average income rates are collected and documented, it is possible to then calculate which states are poorest by performing simple comparisons among the averages. Stronger statements, such as state X has been the poorest state in the US for three years now, can be made only by looking at income rates from one year to the next. We will give you a glimpse into the average household incomes of each state over the course of five years, beginning with 2017 and working our way back in time to 2013.

The reason why the analysis of the average income rates begins in 2017 is that these findings are usually not calculated until later on in the following year. So, the income averages per state for 2017 were not fully released until later in the year of 2018. The data for the poorest states in 2018 is not yet available, given the fact that we are only five months into the year 2019, but that information should be available in due time. Until then, here are the poorest states in America for five years, starting with 2017.

Poorest States in America in 2017

Poorest States in America in 2016

  • Alabama $46,257 per capita
  • Alaska $76,440 per capita
  • Arizona $53,558 per capita
  • Arkansas $44,334 per capita
  • California $67,739 per capita
  • Colorado $65,685 per capita
  • Connecticut $73,433 per capita
  • Delaware $61,757 per capita
  • Florida $50,860 per capita
  • Georgia $53,559 per capita
  • Hawaii $74,511 per capita
  • Idaho $51,807 per capita
  • Illinois $60,960 per capita
  • Indiana $52,314 per capita
  • Iowa $56,247 per capita
  • Kansas $54,935 per capita
  • Kentucky $42,958 per capita
  • Louisiana $45,146 per capita
  • Maine $53,079 per capita
  • Maryland $78,945 per capita
  • Massachusetts $75,297 per capita
  • Michigan $54,909 per capita
  • Minnesota $68,388 per capita
  • Mississippi $43,529 per capita
  • Missouri $51,746 per capita
  • Montana $50,027 per capita
  • Nebraska $56,927 per capita
  • Nevada $55,180 per capita
  • New Hampshire $70,936 per capita
  • New Jersey $76,126 per capita
  • New Mexico $46,748 per capita
  • New York $62,909 per capita
  • North Carolina $50,584 per capita
  • North Dakota $60,656 per capita
  • Ohio $52,344 per capita
  • Oklahoma $49,176 per capita
  • Oregon $57,532 per capita
  • Pennsylvania $56,907 per capita
  • Rhode Island $60,596 per capita
  • South Carolina $49,501 per capita
  • South Dakota $54,467 per capita
  • Tennessee $48,547 per capita
  • Texas $56,565 per capita
  • Utah $65,977 per capita
  • Vermont $57,677 per capita
  • Virginia $68,114 per capita
  • Washington $67,106 per capita
  • West Virginia $43,385 per capita
  • Wisconsin $56,811 per capita
  • Wyoming $59,882 per capita

Poorest States in America in 2015

  • Alabama $44,765 per capita
  • Alaska $73,355 per capita
  • Arizona $51,492 per capita
  • Arkansas $41,995 per capita
  • California $64,500 per capita
  • Colorado $63,909 per capita
  • Connecticut $71,346 per capita
  • Delaware $61,255 per capita
  • Florida $49,426 per capita
  • Georgia $51,244 per capita
  • Hawaii $73,486 per capita
  • Idaho $48,275 per capita
  • Illinois $59,588 per capita
  • Indiana $50,532 per capita
  • Iowa $54,736 per capita
  • Kansas $53,906 per capita
  • Kentucky $43,399 per capita
  • Louisiana $45,727 per capita
  • Maine $51,494 per capita
  • Maryland $75,847 per capita
  • Massachusetts $70,628 per capita
  • Michigan $52,491 per capita
  • Minnesota $65,599 per capita
  • Mississippi $41,754 per capita
  • Missouri $50,238 per capita
  • Montana $49,509 per capita
  • Nebraska $54,996 per capita
  • Nevada $52,431 per capita
  • New Hampshire $70,303 per capita
  • New Jersey $72,222 per capita
  • New Mexico $45,382 per capita
  • New York $60,850 per capita
  • North Carolina $47,830 per capita
  • North Dakota $60,557 per capita
  • Ohio $51,075 per capita
  • Oklahoma $48,568 per capita
  • Oregon $54,148 per capita
  • Pennsylvania $55,702 per capita
  • Rhode Island $58,073 per capita
  • South Carolina $47,238 per capita
  • South Dakota $53,017 per capita
  • Tennessee $47,275 per capita
  • Texas $55,653 per capita
  • Utah $62,912 per capita
  • Vermont $56,990 per capita
  • Virginia $66,262 per capita
  • Washington $64,129 per capita
  • West Virginia $42,019 per capita
  • Wisconsin $55,638 per capita
  • Wyoming $60,214 per capita

Poorest States in America in 2014

  • Alabama $42,830 per capita
  • Alaska $71,583 per capita
  • Arizona $50,068 per capita
  • Arkansas $41,262 per capita
  • California $61,933 per capita
  • Colorado $61,303 per capita
  • Connecticut $70,048 per capita
  • Delaware $59,716 per capita
  • Florida $47,463 per capita
  • Georgia $49,321 per capita
  • Hawaii $69,592 per capita
  • Idaho $47,861 per capita
  • Illinois $57,444 per capita
  • Indiana $49,446 per capita
  • Iowa $53,712 per capita
  • Kansas $52,504 per capita
  • Kentucky $41,724 per capita
  • Louisiana $44,555 per capita
  • Maine $49,462 per capita
  • Maryland $73,971 per capita
  • Massachusetts $51,084 per capita
  • Michigan $63,488 per capita
  • Minnesota $40,593 per capita
  • Mississippi $39,860 per capita
  • Missouri $48,363 per capita
  • Montana $46,328 per capita
  • Nebraska $52,686 per capita
  • Nevada $51,450 per capita
  • New Hampshire $66,532 per capita
  • New Jersey $71,919 per capita
  • New Mexico $44,803 per capita
  • New York $58,878 per capita
  • North Carolina $46,556 per capita
  • North Dakota $59,029 per capita
  • Ohio $49,308 per capita
  • Oklahoma $47,529 per capita
  • Oregon $51,075 per capita
  • Pennsylvania $53,234 per capita
  • Rhode Island $54,891 per capita
  • South Carolina $45,238 per capita
  • South Dakota $50,979 per capita
  • Tennessee $44,361 per capita
  • Texas $53,035 per capita
  • Utah $60,922 per capita
  • Vermont $54,166 per capita
  • Virginia $64,902 per capita
  • Washington $61,366 per capita
  • West Virginia $41,059 per capita
  • Wisconsin $52,622 per capita
  • Wyoming $57,055 per capita

Poorest States in America in 2013

  • Alabama $42,849 per capita
  • Alaska $72,237 per capita
  • Arizona $48,510 per capita
  • Arkansas $40,511 per capita
  • California $60,190 per capita
  • Colorado $58,823 per capita
  • Connecticut $67,098 per capita
  • Delaware $57,846 per capita
  • Florida $46,036 per capita
  • Georgia $47,829 per capita
  • Hawaii $68,020 per capita
  • Idaho $46,783 per capita
  • Illinois $56,210 per capita
  • Indiana $47,529 per capita
  • Iowa $52,229 per capita
  • Kansas $50,972 per capita
  • Kentucky $41,141 per capita
  • Louisiana $44,164 per capita
  • Maine $46,974 per capita
  • Maryland $72,483 per capita
  • Massachusetts $69,160 per capita
  • Michigan $49,847 per capita
  • Minnesota $61,481 per capita
  • Mississippi $37,963 per capita
  • Missouri $46,931 per capita
  • Montana $46,972 per capita
  • Nebraska $51,440 per capita
  • Nevada $51,230 per capita
  • New Hampshire $64,230 per capita
  • New Jersey $70,165 per capita
  • New Mexico $43,872 per capita
  • New York $57,369 per capita
  • North Carolina $45,906 per capita
  • North Dakota $55,759 per capita
  • Ohio $48,081 per capita
  • Oklahoma $45,690 per capita
  • Oregon $50,251 per capita
  • Pennsylvania $52,007 per capita
  • Rhode Island $55,902 per capita
  • South Carolina $44,163 per capita
  • South Dakota $48,947 per capita
  • Tennessee $44,297 per capita
  • Texas $51,704 per capita
  • Utah $59,770 per capita
  • Vermont $52,578 per capita
  • Virginia $62,666 per capita
  • Washington $58,405 per capita
  • West Virginia $41,253 per capita
  • Wisconsin $51,467 per capita
  • Wyoming $58,752 per capita
Rank State 2019 Pop. 2019 Growth 2018 Pop. 2010 Census Growth Since 2010 % of US
1California39,747,2670.48%39,557,04537,320,9036.50%11.96%
2Texas29,087,0701.34%28,701,84525,242,67915.23%8.75%
3Florida21,646,1551.63%21,299,32518,845,78514.86%6.51%
4New York19,491,339-0.26%19,542,20919,400,0800.47%5.86%
5Pennsylvania12,813,9690.05%12,807,06012,711,1580.81%3.86%
6Illinois12,700,381-0.32%12,741,08012,840,762-1.09%3.82%
7Ohio11,718,5680.25%11,689,44211,539,3271.55%3.53%
8Georgia10,627,7671.03%10,519,4759,711,8109.43%3.20%
9North Carolina10,497,7411.10%10,383,6209,574,2939.65%3.16%
10Michigan10,020,4720.25%9,995,9159,877,5351.45%3.01%
11New Jersey8,922,5470.16%8,908,5208,799,6241.40%2.68%
12Virginia8,571,9460.64%8,517,6858,023,6806.83%2.58%
13Washington7,666,3431.74%7,535,5916,742,90213.70%2.31%
14Arizona7,275,0701.44%7,171,6466,407,77413.54%2.19%
15Massachusetts6,939,3730.54%6,902,1496,566,4315.68%2.09%
16Tennessee6,833,7930.94%6,770,0106,355,3017.53%2.06%
17Indiana6,718,6160.40%6,691,8786,490,4363.52%2.02%
18Missouri6,147,8610.35%6,126,4525,995,9762.53%1.85%
19Maryland6,062,9170.33%6,042,7185,788,6424.74%1.82%
20Wisconsin5,832,6610.33%5,813,5685,690,4792.50%1.75%
21Colorado5,770,5451.32%5,695,5645,048,28114.31%1.74%
22Minnesota5,655,9250.80%5,611,1795,310,8436.50%1.70%
23South Carolina5,147,1111.24%5,084,1274,635,65611.03%1.55%
24Alabama4,898,2460.21%4,887,8714,785,4482.36%1.47%
25Louisiana4,652,581-0.16%4,659,9784,544,5322.38%1.40%
26Kentucky4,484,0470.35%4,468,4024,348,2003.12%1.35%
27Oregon4,245,9011.32%4,190,7133,837,53210.64%1.28%
28Oklahoma3,948,9500.15%3,943,0793,759,6325.04%1.19%
29Connecticut3,567,871-0.13%3,572,6653,579,125-0.31%1.07%
30Utah3,221,6101.91%3,161,1052,775,33416.08%0.97%
31Iowa3,167,9970.38%3,156,1453,050,7673.84%0.95%
32Puerto Rico3,113,659-2.55%3,195,1533,721,525-16.33%0.94%
33Nevada3,087,0251.73%3,034,3922,702,46414.23%0.93%
34Arkansas3,026,4120.42%3,013,8252,921,9783.57%0.91%
35Mississippi2,987,8950.05%2,986,5302,970,5360.58%0.90%
36Kansas2,910,931-0.02%2,911,5052,858,2131.84%0.88%
37New Mexico2,096,0340.03%2,095,4282,064,5881.52%0.63%
38Nebraska1,940,9190.60%1,929,2681,829,5366.09%0.58%
39West Virginia1,791,951-0.77%1,805,8321,854,214-3.36%0.54%
40Idaho1,790,1822.05%1,754,2081,570,77313.97%0.54%
41Hawaii1,416,589-0.27%1,420,4911,363,9633.86%0.43%
42New Hampshire1,363,8520.55%1,356,4581,316,7773.58%0.41%
43Maine1,342,0970.28%1,338,4041,327,6321.09%0.40%
44Montana1,074,5321.15%1,062,305990,7228.46%0.32%
45Rhode Island1,056,738-0.05%1,057,3151,053,9380.27%0.32%
46Delaware975,0330.81%967,171899,5958.39%0.29%
47South Dakota892,6311.18%882,235816,1659.37%0.27%
48North Dakota760,9000.11%760,077674,71012.77%0.23%
49Alaska735,720-0.23%737,438713,9063.06%0.22%
50District of Columbia711,5711.30%702,455605,08517.60%0.21%
51Vermont627,1800.14%626,299625,8800.21%0.19%
52Wyoming572,381-0.93%577,737564,4831.40%0.17%