What’s the poorest county in North Carolina?
Scotland County is the poorest county in North Carolina, according to a recent report that analyzed the poorest counties in each U.S. state.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the poorest county in each state based on data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Scotland County’s median household income from 2009 to 2013 was $29,592, according to the report. The state median household income was $46,334, the poverty rate was 32.3 percent and unemployment was at 14.6 percent.
The website wrote the following about Scotland County:
A typical household in Scotland County earned an annual income of less than $30,000 over the five years through 2013, substantially lower than the state and national median household incomes. The county’s job market was particularly weak, with an unemployment rate of 14.6%, nearly double the national rate in 2013. Additionally, as in most of the poorest counties in each state, Scotland residents had low college attainment rates. While nearly 29% of Americans had at least a bachelor’s degree during the five years through 2013, just over 14% of Scotland residents had such a degree.
Scotland County is on the North Carolina, South Carolina line between Robeson and Richmond counties. The county seat is Laurinburg.
Read full report: 24/7 Wall St.