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- All five of the counties with the lowest median household incomes (with populations over 10,000) were rural: Holmes County, Mississippi; Sumter County, Alabama; and Bell, Harlan and McCreary counties in southeastern Kentucky.
- Poverty rates declined in 441 of the nation's 3,142 counties and increased in 264 from the 2008-2012 period to 2013-17.
- The overall poverty rate was 14.6 percent in 2013-17, compared to 14.9 percent in 2008-12.
- On average, rural areas had higher poverty rates than urban areas.
- Counties with the lowest internet subscription rates tended to be in rural areas in the upper Plains, the Southwest and the South.
- Twenty of the 24 counties with populations above 10,000 with the lowest level of home broadband subscriptions were classified as mostly rural or completely rural.