Americans on the whole were doing well financially heading into 2020, with major markers like unemployment reaching 50-year lows. The pandemic changed all that: During the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, our nation’s real GDP fell by a whopping 31.4%, a number that hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression. As the economy makes its comeback, things are still a far cry from the way they were in 2019.

One marker that has sped far past its 2019 position is that of income inequality in the United States. Low-wage industries were decimated by the pandemic, leaving millions without work or in positions they were overqualified for. Meanwhile, nearly one in five households across the United States earn less than $25,000 a year, while more than 6% have an annual income that falls below $10,000.

Where you live can make a big impact on your financial situation. Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-earning counties in Missouri using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the Census’ 2019 5-year estimate median household income. Keep reading to see where people in your state are making the least.

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#50. Grundy County

– Median household income: $45,594
— 17.8% below state median, 27.4% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 12.5%
— #2,712 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 14.5%
— #878 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#49. Lawrence County

– Median household income: $44,742
— 19.3% below state median, 28.8% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 14.5%
— #2,416 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.0%
— #1,197 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#48. Saline County

– Median household income: $44,720
— 19.4% below state median, 28.8% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 12.8%
— #2,669 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.1%
— #1,442 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#47. Crawford County

– Median household income: $44,438
— 19.9% below state median, 29.3% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 13.2%
— #2,611 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 16.9%
— #546 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#46. Barry County

– Median household income: $44,403
— 19.9% below state median, 29.3% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 15.9%
— #2,166 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.8%
— #1,244 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#45. Audrain County

– Median household income: $44,261
— 20.2% below state median, 29.6% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 14.7%
— #2,371 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 10.5%
— #1,895 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#44. Nodaway County

– Median household income: $44,232
— 20.2% below state median, 29.6% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 14.4%
— #2,421 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 14.3%
— #914 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#43. Bollinger County

– Median household income: $44,158
— 20.4% below state median, 29.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.0%
— #2,907 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 15.3%
— #738 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#42. Phelps County

– Median household income: $44,154
— 20.4% below state median, 29.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 17.3%
— #1,906 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 17.8%
— #435 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#41. Scott County

– Median household income: $44,139
— 20.4% below state median, 29.8% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 15.2%
— #2,289 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 16.5%
— #590 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#40. Barton County

– Median household income: $44,125
— 20.4% below state median, 29.8% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 18.4%
— #1,672 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.1%
— #1,186 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#39. Shelby County

– Median household income: $44,083
— 20.5% below state median, 29.9% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 13.2%
— #2,611 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.6%
— #1,293 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#38. Monroe County

– Median household income: $43,966
— 20.7% below state median, 30.0% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 10.2%
— #2,984 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
— #1,865 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#37. St. Louis city

– Median household income: $43,896
— 20.9% below state median, 30.1% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 18.1%
— #1,734 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 18.8%
— #355 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#36. Madison County

– Median household income: $43,636
— 21.3% below state median, 30.6% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 14.8%
— #2,352 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 14.5%
— #878 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#35. Dallas County

– Median household income: $43,542
— 21.5% below state median, 30.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 14.5%
— #2,405 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.2%
— #1,151 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#34. Vernon County

– Median household income: $43,276
— 22.0% below state median, 31.1% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
— #2,524 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.7%
— #1,264 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#33. Harrison County

– Median household income: $42,917
— 22.6% below state median, 31.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 9.8%
— #3,010 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.1%
— #1,171 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#32. Putnam County

– Median household income: $42,849
— 22.7% below state median, 31.8% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 10.3%
— #2,980 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.7%
— #1,264 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#31. Macon County

– Median household income: $42,746
— 22.9% below state median, 32.0% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.5%
— #2,842 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
— #1,984 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#30. Schuyler County

– Median household income: $42,694
— 23.0% below state median, 32.1% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.1%
— #2,898 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 17.1%
— #521 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#29. Dent County

– Median household income: $42,100
— 24.1% below state median, 33.0% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.7%
— #2,812 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 17.8%
— #435 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#28. Adair County

– Median household income: $41,929
— 24.4% below state median, 33.3% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 16.4%
— #2,065 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 21.8%
— #178 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#27. McDonald County

– Median household income: $41,643
— 24.9% below state median, 33.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
— #2,535 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 13.2%
— #1,151 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#26. Washington County

– Median household income: $41,483
— 25.2% below state median, 34.0% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.5%
— #2,855 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 16.8%
— #558 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#25. Stoddard County

– Median household income: $41,062
— 26.0% below state median, 34.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 12.3%
— #2,741 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 16.2%
— #629 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#24. Dade County

– Median household income: $40,399
— 27.2% below state median, 35.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 12.4%
— #2,723 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 11.1%
— #1,713 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#23. Reynolds County

– Median household income: $40,324
— 27.3% below state median, 35.8% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 13.6%
— #2,557 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 17.1%
— #521 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#22. Benton County

– Median household income: $40,249
— 27.4% below state median, 36.0% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 13.1%
— #2,626 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 15.5%
— #709 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#21. Knox County

– Median household income: $40,000
— 27.9% below state median, 36.3% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.1%
— #2,898 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 17.4%
— #478 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#20. Butler County

– Median household income: $39,915
— 28.0% below state median, 36.5% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.2%
— #2,891 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 18.2%
— #402 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#19. Carter County

– Median household income: $39,530
— 28.7% below state median, 37.1% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 15.3%
— #2,266 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 12.1%
— #1,432 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#18. Cedar County

– Median household income: $39,365
— 29.0% below state median, 37.4% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 10.3%
— #2,980 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 15.0%
— #786 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#17. Morgan County

– Median household income: $39,003
— 29.7% below state median, 37.9% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 12.8%
— #2,669 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 18.0%
— #420 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#16. St. Clair County

– Median household income: $38,870
— 29.9% below state median, 38.1% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.7%
— #2,819 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 15.1%
— #776 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#15. New Madrid County

– Median household income: $38,679
— 30.3% below state median, 38.5% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 12.1%
— #2,771 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 18.8%
— #355 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#14. Howell County

– Median household income: $38,357
— 30.8% below state median, 39.0% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 12.4%
— #2,736 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 19.0%
— #334 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#13. Iron County

– Median household income: $37,435
— 32.5% below state median, 40.4% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 10.7%
— #2,937 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 18.8%
— #355 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#12. Douglas County

– Median household income: $37,425
— 32.5% below state median, 40.4% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.3%
— #2,872 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 15.6%
— #695 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#11. Dunklin County

– Median household income: $36,380
— 34.4% below state median, 42.1% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.3%
— #2,884 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 21.9%
— #170 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#10. Mississippi County

– Median household income: $35,357
— 36.2% below state median, 43.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 10.6%
— #2,945 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 22.4%
— #157 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#9. Texas County

– Median household income: $35,067
— 36.8% below state median, 44.2% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 12.2%
— #2,755 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 21.3%
— #196 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#8. Ripley County

– Median household income: $34,971
— 36.9% below state median, 44.4% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 8.6%
— #3,074 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 18.9%
— #349 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#7. Wright County

– Median household income: $34,776
— 37.3% below state median, 44.7% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 8.8%
— #3,066 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 16.9%
— #546 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#6. Wayne County

– Median household income: $34,316
— 38.1% below state median, 45.4% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 8.5%
— #3,078 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 22.8%
— #143 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#5. Shannon County

– Median household income: $34,265
— 38.2% below state median, 45.5% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 7.6%
— #3,106 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 18.5%
— #381 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#4. Hickory County

– Median household income: $34,182
— 38.4% below state median, 45.6% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 8.3%
— #3,081 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 16.9%
— #546 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#3. Pemiscot County

– Median household income: $33,859
— 38.9% below state median, 46.1% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 11.9%
— #2,793 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 20.8%
— #225 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#2. Oregon County

– Median household income: $33,601
— 39.4% below state median, 46.5% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 9.3%
— #3,045 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 19.8%
— #273 highest rate among all counties nationwide

#1. Ozark County

– Median household income: $31,947
— 42.4% below state median, 49.2% below national median
– Households earning over $100k: 7.2%
— #3,111 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– Households earning less than $15k: 21.7%
— #180 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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