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The best and worst places to be poor in America

GOBankingRates Logo By Joel Anderson of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 52: Being poor is never easy, but your environment plays a big role in just how challenging it can be. Living in the wrong area can mean basic costs like groceries or housing are higher than they need to be, and struggling public schools or high crime rates make an already difficult life even tougher.
For this study, GOBankingRates looked at all 50 states and examined a variety of factors that contribute to or suggest a tougher life for people in lower income brackets — such as individual state income tax percentages, average ACT scores and the median listing price for houses — and used them to generate an overall score to determine which states are more detrimental to people with lower incomes.

The best and worst places to be poor in America

Being poor is never easy, but your environment plays a big role in just how challenging it can be. Living in the wrong area can mean basic costs like groceries or housing are higher than they need to be, and struggling public schools or high crime rates make an already difficult life even tougher.

For this study, GOBankingRates looked at all 50 states and examined a variety of factors that contribute to or suggest a tougher life for people in lower income brackets — such as individual state income tax percentages, average ACT scores and the median listing price for houses — and used them to generate an overall score to determine which states are more detrimental to people with lower incomes.

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