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1. Mississippi

Median household income: $37,095
Population: 2,984,926

The Magnolia State is the poorest in the USA with a median household income of just $37,095. (Nearly half that of the richest state, Maryland). Despite adding 25,000 jobs in 2012, Mississippi's unemployment percentage ranks the sixth highest. More than 1 out of 3 children are poor, with 24.2 percent of its citizens living below the poverty line, the highest in the land according to the Census Bureau.

Only West Virginia had fewer households earning over $200,000 last year than Mississippi. And only Oregon had more people receiving food stamps.

The slightly good news is that the state's GDP increase is the best in the U.S. at 1.9 percent (the national average is 1.6 percent). According to the AP, Darrin Webb, Mississippi's state economist, recently told the state's Joint Legislative Budget Committee that although "It appears we are outpacing the nation in 2013, especially in the area of job growth," he expects that GDP increase to settle down to 1.8 percent by the end of the year. Webb said many of the new jobs created in 2013 are low paying and/or part-time employment.

Residents aren't taking it lying down. In 2012, Mississippi went to the polls more than any other state. Over 73 percent of residents voted in the 2008 election.


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