State debt per capita
: $2,107 (12th lowest) Pct. without health insurance
: 18.2 percent (9th highest) Pct. below poverty line
: 21.8 percent (the highest) Unemployment
: 10.6 percent (tied for 5th highest)
Mississippi has improved six slots from last year and is now out of the bottom 10. The state spends the 11th most in the country on public welfare, yet it remains the poorest in the country. Residents’ median income was just over $36,000 in 2010, with more than one in five living below the poverty line. Both of these statistics are the worst in the U.S. On the other hand, foreclosures in October were the fifth lowest in the country. Also, violent crime has dropped significantly in the state over the past year, from 304.6 incidents per capita in 2009 to 269.7 in 2010.
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