Cooper ranks the poorest of Texas towns, study finds

Cooper was ranked the poorest town in Texas in a 24/7 Wall St. analysis examining small, lower-income communities where households earn much less than the nation’s median annual household income.

With a population of 2,213, Cooper recorded a median home value of $56,300, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey.

Cooper’s poverty rate was pegged at 40.9 percent, and its median annual household income came in at $31,529.

A lower level of education is one characteristic that residents of the poorest towns have in common, according to the analysis. The share of adults with four-year degrees averages less than 20 percent in most of the towns in the ranking, the study concluded, while nationwide the percentage with bachelor’s degrees is 31.5 percent.

The analysis considered only towns with populations of 1,000 to 25,000 residents.

Poorest Towns by State

State Poorest Town Median Household Income Poverty Rate Median Home Value Population
Alabama Selma $24,820 41.0% $90,200 18,804
Alaska Ketchikan $59,132 12.6% $237,700 8,224
Arizona Douglas $34,154 29.3% $94,500 16,453
Arkansas Bald Knob $30,810 31.3% $81,900 2,891
California Orange Cove $25,660 47.8% $129,000 9,564
Colorado Lamar $37,554 22.4% $87,500 7,606
Connecticut Groton $53,750 13.7% $207,900 9,109
Delaware New Castle $63,573 6.5% $195,400 5,359
Florida Avon Park $30,675 33.0% $68,400 10,386
Georgia Fort Valley $23,542 38.3% $78,700 8,740
Hawaii Waianae $59,213 27.8% $360,800 14,054
Idaho Bonners Ferry $31,619 22.40% $155,800 2,544
Illinois Roodhouse $32,335 22.3% $47,600 1,792
Indiana Connersville $33,415 24.9% $71,000 13,069
Iowa Onawa $31,469 28.8% $87,400 2,830
Kansas Fort Scott $32,576 18.8% $62,300 7,800
Kentucky Paducah $35,419 22.3% $117,900 24,879
Louisiana Natchitoches $21,854 46.8% $156,000 18,080
Maine Presque Isle $37,401 22.0% $107,000 9,162
Maryland Cumberland $34,750 22.6% $93,000 19,845
Massachusetts North Adams $39,411 17.5% $144,300 13,089
Michigan Hamtramck $25,478 49.1% $64,500 21,941
Minnesota Little Falls $38,862 18.0% $128,400 8,664
Mississippi Yazoo City $23,970 42.6% $68,300 11,076
Missouri Unionville $29,440 25.1% $63,600 1,998
Montana Havre $46,419 17.7% $143,900 9,762
Nebraska Superior $36,422 12.7% $61,100 1,929
Nevada Laughlin $33,851 15.1% $147,600 7,502
New Hampshire Berlin $38,315 19.8% $88,300 10,382
New Jersey Crestwood Village $28,708 10.4% $72,700 8,164
New Mexico Belen $33,553 24.4% $104,300 7,106
New York New Square $23,578 63.3% $376,400 8,133
North Carolina Laurinburg $29,388 34.0% $102,400 15,253
North Dakota Valley City $49,194 11.4% $110,000 6,487
Ohio East Cleveland $21,439 38.9% $57,800 17,321
Oklahoma Hugo $24,548 41.5% $64,400 5,184
Oregon Prineville $34,630 23.4% $164,300 9,748
Pennsylvania Johnstown $24,294 38.7% $39,700 19,812
Rhode Island Central Falls $31,724 32.8% $147,800 19,382
South Carolina Dunean $29,329 20.7% $82,100 3,605
South Dakota Sisseton $38,167 21.3% $71,000 2,486
Tennessee Harriman $30,756 20.9% $97,400 6,136
Texas Cooper $31,529 40.9% $56,300 2,213
Utah Ephraim $39,915 28.0% $209,000 6,987
Vermont Fair Haven $48,367 14.8% $143,500 2,280
Virginia Farmville $37,722 33.1% $174,200 8,076
Washington Kelso $37,450 27.4% $133,900 11,983
West Virginia Kenova $33,938 19.3% $75,700 3,095
Wisconsin Whitewater $34,563 39.0% $164,500 14,766
Wyoming Riverton $51,033 13.3% $162,600 11,069

Source: 24/7 Wall St.



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