5. Alabama Median household income
: $41,415 Population
: 4,802,740 (23rd highest) Unemployment rate
: 9% (18th highest) Pct. below poverty line
: 19% (7th highest)
In 2011, Alabama’s median income was more than $9,000 below the nation’s median income, while 6.4% of families lived off less than $10,000 a year — higher than in all but five states. For the second year in a row, Alabama’s poverty rate was 19%, remaining more than three percentage points above the national rate. Despite struggling with poverty, only 14.3% of Alabamians did not have health insurance last year — slightly better than the national figure of 15.1%. It is likely that Alabama’s cheap health care - the least expensive in the country for the fourth quarter of 2011 – resulted in more insured residents. According to Gallup, since August of 2011 almost 23% of state residents reported not having enough money to buy food at least once.
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