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24/7 Wall St.: America's Poorest States

2. Arkansas

- Median income: $38,600
- Poverty rate: 16.5 percent (8th highest)
- Without health insurance: 18.5 percent (9th highest)
- Unemployment rate: 8.2 percent (25th highest)

Despite an unemployment rate that is almost a full percentage point below the national average, Arkansas is one of the poorest states. The state’s median income is the second lowest in the country. Its poverty rate and the percentage of people without health insurance also place the state among the ten worst. Poverty may be even worse among children in the state. According to a recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 27 percent of children in the state lived in impoverished homes as of 2009.

(AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

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