Roodhouse ranks the poorest of Illinois towns, study finds

Roodhouse was ranked the poorest town in Illinois 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 1,792, Roodhouse recorded a median home value of $47,600, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey.

Roodhouse’s poverty rate was pegged at 22.3 percent, and its median annual household income came in at $32,335.

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

StatePoorest TownMedian Household IncomePoverty RateMedian Home ValuePopulationAlabamaSelma$24,82041.0%$90,20018,804AlaskaKetchikan$59,13212.6%$237,7008,224ArizonaDouglas$34,15429.3%$94,50016,453ArkansasBald Knob$30,81031.3%$81,9002,891CaliforniaOrange Cove$25,66047.8%$129,0009,564ColoradoLamar$37,55422.4%$87,5007,606ConnecticutGroton$53,75013.7%$207,9009,109DelawareNew Castle$63,5736.5%$195,4005,359FloridaAvon Park$30,67533.0%$68,40010,386GeorgiaFort Valley$23,54238.3%$78,7008,740HawaiiWaianae$59,21327.8%$360,80014,054IdahoBonners Ferry$31,61922.40%$155,8002,544IllinoisRoodhouse$32,33522.3%$47,6001,792IndianaConnersville$33,41524.9%$71,00013,069IowaOnawa$31,46928.8%$87,4002,830KansasFort Scott$32,57618.8%$62,3007,800KentuckyPaducah$35,41922.3%$117,90024,879LouisianaNatchitoches$21,85446.8%$156,00018,080MainePresque Isle$37,40122.0%$107,0009,162MarylandCumberland $34,75022.6%$93,00019,845MassachusettsNorth Adams$39,41117.5%$144,30013,089MichiganHamtramck$25,47849.1%$64,50021,941MinnesotaLittle Falls$38,86218.0%$128,4008,664MississippiYazoo City$23,97042.6%$68,30011,076MissouriUnionville$29,44025.1%$63,6001,998MontanaHavre$46,41917.7%$143,9009,762NebraskaSuperior$36,42212.7%$61,1001,929NevadaLaughlin$33,85115.1%$147,6007,502New HampshireBerlin$38,31519.8%$88,30010,382New JerseyCrestwood Village$28,70810.4%$72,7008,164New MexicoBelen$33,55324.4%$104,3007,106New YorkNew Square$23,57863.3%$376,4008,133North CarolinaLaurinburg$29,38834.0%$102,40015,253North DakotaValley City$49,19411.4%$110,0006,487OhioEast Cleveland$21,43938.9%$57,80017,321OklahomaHugo$24,54841.5%$64,4005,184OregonPrineville$34,63023.4%$164,3009,748PennsylvaniaJohnstown$24,29438.7%$39,70019,812Rhode IslandCentral Falls$31,72432.8%$147,80019,382South CarolinaDunean$29,32920.7%$82,1003,605South DakotaSisseton$38,16721.3%$71,0002,486TennesseeHarriman$30,75620.9%$97,4006,136TexasCooper$31,52940.9%$56,3002,213UtahEphraim$39,91528.0%$209,0006,987VermontFair Haven$48,36714.8%$143,5002,280VirginiaFarmville$37,72233.1%$174,2008,076WashingtonKelso$37,45027.4%$133,90011,983West VirginiaKenova$33,93819.3%$75,7003,095WisconsinWhitewater$34,56339.0%$164,50014,766WyomingRiverton$51,03313.3%$162,60011,069

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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