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

6. Montana

- Median income: $42,005
- Poverty rate: 13.4 percent (24th highest)
- Without health insurance: 16.3 percent (16th highest)
- Unemployment rate: 7.7 percent (18th lowest)

Aside from its exceptionally low median income, Montana does not rank particularly low on many poverty-related metrics. It also has a lower overall poverty rate than the national average of 15.1 percent. Times are still tough in the state. According to NBC Montana, the number of students who receive free or reduced cost lunches has increased by at least 2 percent each year since 2007. In some schools, the share of students receiving these benefits has exceeded 80 percent.

(AP Photo/Travel Montana, Donnie Sexton)

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