Lowest-earning counties in Ohio

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June 4, 2022
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Lowest-earning counties in Ohio

Americans on the whole were doing well financially heading into 2020, with major markers like unemployment reaching 50-year lows. The pandemic changed all that: During the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, our nation’s real GDP fell by a whopping 31.4%, a number that hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression. Since then the GDP has recovered, the first quarter of 2022 was 11% above the fourth quarter of 2019.

While GDP has recovered since the height of the pandemic, wage growth has not kept pace with inflation. In 2021 average hourly wages increased 4.7% while there was 7% inflation, meaning the worker’s purchasing power dropped by 2.4%.

Where you live can make a big impact on your financial situation. The highest earning county in the U.S. earns $147,111, while the lowest earns $22,292. Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-earning counties in Ohio using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the Census’ 2020 5-year estimate median household income.

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#50. Brown County

- Median household income: $57,200
--- 1.6% below state average, 12.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.9%
--- #1,460 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.7%
--- #2,008 highest among all counties nationwide
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#49. Paulding County

- Median household income: $56,531
--- 2.7% below state average, 13.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.4%
--- #1,712 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.7%
--- #1,939 highest among all counties nationwide
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#48. Van Wert County

- Median household income: $55,991
--- 3.7% below state average, 13.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.0%
--- #1,961 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #1,897 highest among all counties nationwide
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#47. Ashland County

- Median household income: $55,422
--- 4.6% below state average, 14.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.5%
--- #1,690 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.6%
--- #1,843 highest among all counties nationwide
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#46. Sandusky County

- Median household income: $55,245
--- 4.9% below state average, 15.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.7%
--- #1,656 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.0%
--- #1,822 highest among all counties nationwide

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#45. Stark County

- Median household income: $55,045
--- 5.3% below state average, 15.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 22.0%
--- #1,268 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.7%
--- #1,809 highest among all counties nationwide
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#44. Huron County

- Median household income: $55,041
--- 5.3% below state average, 15.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.9%
--- #1,623 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.8%
--- #1,808 highest among all counties nationwide
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#43. Darke County

- Median household income: $54,799
--- 5.7% below state average, 15.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.8%
--- #1,637 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.3%
--- #1,779 highest among all counties nationwide
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#42. Hocking County

- Median household income: $54,774
--- 5.8% below state average, 15.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.8%
--- #1,485 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.7%
--- #1,776 highest among all counties nationwide
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#41. Clinton County

- Median household income: $54,683
--- 5.9% below state average, 15.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.5%
--- #1,520 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.2%
--- #1,770 highest among all counties nationwide

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#40. Tuscarawas County

- Median household income: $54,451
--- 6.3% below state average, 16.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.7%
--- #1,656 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.5%
--- #1,745 highest among all counties nationwide
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#39. Montgomery County

- Median household income: $53,064
--- 8.7% below state average, 18.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.9%
--- #1,288 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.5%
--- #1,599 highest among all counties nationwide
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#38. Perry County

- Median household income: $52,978
--- 8.8% below state average, 18.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.7%
--- #2,004 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.1%
--- #1,591 highest among all counties nationwide
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#37. Seneca County

- Median household income: $52,897
--- 9.0% below state average, 18.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
--- #1,902 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.6%
--- #1,579 highest among all counties nationwide
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#36. Williams County

- Median household income: $52,855
--- 9.1% below state average, 18.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.8%
--- #2,366 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.5%
--- #1,571 highest among all counties nationwide

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#35. Carroll County

- Median household income: $52,574
--- 9.5% below state average, 19.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.9%
--- #1,804 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.6%
--- #1,551 highest among all counties nationwide
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#34. Allen County

- Median household income: $51,892
--- 10.7% below state average, 20.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.8%
--- #1,986 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.7%
--- #1,452 highest among all counties nationwide
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#33. Washington County

- Median household income: $51,808
--- 10.9% below state average, 20.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.6%
--- #1,868 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.4%
--- #1,439 highest among all counties nationwide
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#32. Cuyahoga County

- Median household income: $51,741
--- 11.0% below state average, 20.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 23.1%
--- #1,113 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.8%
--- #1,428 highest among all counties nationwide
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#31. Belmont County

- Median household income: $51,574
--- 11.3% below state average, 20.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.2%
--- #1,751 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.4%
--- #1,401 highest among all counties nationwide

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#30. Ross County

- Median household income: $51,508
--- 11.4% below state average, 20.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.1%
--- #1,768 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.5%
--- #1,387 highest among all counties nationwide
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#29. Clark County

- Median household income: $51,504
--- 11.4% below state average, 20.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.9%
--- #1,804 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.3%
--- #1,385 highest among all counties nationwide
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#28. Hardin County

- Median household income: $50,214
--- 13.6% below state average, 22.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.8%
--- #1,821 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.4%
--- #1,234 highest among all counties nationwide
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#27. Noble County

- Median household income: $50,070
--- 13.8% below state average, 23.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.2%
--- #1,933 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
--- #1,217 highest among all counties nationwide
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#26. Lucas County

- Median household income: $49,946
--- 14.1% below state average, 23.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.9%
--- #1,460 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.3%
--- #1,200 highest among all counties nationwide

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#25. Harrison County

- Median household income: $49,454
--- 14.9% below state average, 23.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.7%
--- #2,395 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.0%
--- #1,150 highest among all counties nationwide
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#24. Columbiana County

- Median household income: $49,407
--- 15.0% below state average, 24.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.4%
--- #2,247 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.1%
--- #1,144 highest among all counties nationwide
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#23. Marion County

- Median household income: $49,225
--- 15.3% below state average, 24.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.5%
--- #2,042 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.4%
--- #1,122 highest among all counties nationwide
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#22. Richland County

- Median household income: $49,186
--- 15.4% below state average, 24.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.4%
--- #2,247 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.0%
--- #1,119 highest among all counties nationwide
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#21. Gallia County

- Median household income: $48,975
--- 15.7% below state average, 24.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
--- #1,902 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.5%
--- #1,100 highest among all counties nationwide

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#20. Jackson County

- Median household income: $48,915
--- 15.8% below state average, 24.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.3%
--- #2,469 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.7%
--- #1,089 highest among all counties nationwide
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#19. Fayette County

- Median household income: $48,637
--- 16.3% below state average, 25.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
--- #1,902 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.3%
--- #1,064 highest among all counties nationwide
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#18. Coshocton County

- Median household income: $48,552
--- 16.5% below state average, 25.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.9%
--- #2,519 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.3%
--- #1,057 highest among all counties nationwide
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#17. Muskingum County

- Median household income: $48,350
--- 16.8% below state average, 25.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.7%
--- #2,004 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.3%
--- #1,038 highest among all counties nationwide
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#16. Highland County

- Median household income: $47,973
--- 17.5% below state average, 26.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.9%
--- #1,804 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
--- #998 highest among all counties nationwide

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#15. Ashtabula County

- Median household income: $47,925
--- 17.5% below state average, 26.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.0%
--- #2,507 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.1%
--- #993 highest among all counties nationwide
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#14. Trumbull County

- Median household income: $47,799
--- 17.8% below state average, 26.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.9%
--- #2,170 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.1%
--- #981 highest among all counties nationwide
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#13. Mahoning County

- Median household income: $47,092
--- 19.0% below state average, 27.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
--- #1,924 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.8%
--- #922 highest among all counties nationwide
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#12. Jefferson County

- Median household income: $46,849
--- 19.4% below state average, 27.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.3%
--- #2,087 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.6%
--- #897 highest among all counties nationwide
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#11. Lawrence County

- Median household income: $46,584
--- 19.8% below state average, 28.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.6%
--- #2,699 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.6%
--- #873 highest among all counties nationwide

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#10. Crawford County

- Median household income: $46,391
--- 20.2% below state average, 28.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.8%
--- #2,532 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.6%
--- #854 highest among all counties nationwide
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#9. Guernsey County

- Median household income: $46,352
--- 20.2% below state average, 28.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.8%
--- #2,366 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.1%
--- #849 highest among all counties nationwide
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#8. Monroe County

- Median household income: $46,241
--- 20.4% below state average, 28.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.0%
--- #2,143 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
--- #836 highest among all counties nationwide
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#7. Vinton County

- Median household income: $45,034
--- 22.5% below state average, 30.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.9%
--- #2,358 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.0%
--- #737 highest among all counties nationwide
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#6. Pike County

- Median household income: $44,115
--- 24.1% below state average, 32.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.5%
--- #1,874 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.6%
--- #660 highest among all counties nationwide

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#5. Morgan County

- Median household income: $43,791
--- 24.6% below state average, 32.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 11.5%
--- #2,921 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.1%
--- #630 highest among all counties nationwide
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#4. Meigs County

- Median household income: $43,445
--- 25.2% below state average, 33.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 15.2%
--- #2,479 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.5%
--- #603 highest among all counties nationwide
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#3. Athens County

- Median household income: $42,414
--- 27.0% below state average, 34.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.5%
--- #2,226 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.3%
--- #530 highest among all counties nationwide
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#2. Scioto County

- Median household income: $41,866
--- 28.0% below state average, 35.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.0%
--- #2,330 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 19.1%
--- #477 highest among all counties nationwide
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#1. Adams County

- Median household income: $40,067
--- 31.1% below state average, 38.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.7%
--- #2,200 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.7%
--- #356 highest among all counties nationwide

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