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.