Lowest-earning counties in Oklahoma

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October 18, 2021
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Lowest-earning counties in Oklahoma

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. As the economy makes its comeback, things are still a far cry from the way they were in 2019.

One marker that has sped far past its 2019 position is that of income inequality in the United States. Low-wage industries were decimated by the pandemic, leaving millions without work or in positions they were overqualified for. Meanwhile, nearly one in five households across the United States earn less than $25,000 a year, while more than 6% have an annual income that falls below $10,000.

Where you live can make a big impact on your financial situation. Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-earning counties in Oklahoma using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the Census’ 2019 5-year estimate median household income. Keep reading to see where people in your state are making the least.

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#50. Roger Mills County

- Median household income: $51,302
--- 3.1% below state median, 18.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.0%
--- #1,553 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.3%
--- #914 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#49. Cotton County

- Median household income: $50,885
--- 3.8% below state median, 19.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.4%
--- #1,481 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.7%
--- #573 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#48. Beckham County

- Median household income: $50,721
--- 4.2% below state median, 19.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.1%
--- #1,225 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.2%
--- #1,672 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#47. Lincoln County

- Median household income: $50,671
--- 4.2% below state median, 19.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
--- #1,686 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.5%
--- #1,315 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#46. Pontotoc County

- Median household income: $50,392
--- 4.8% below state median, 19.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.7%
--- #1,295 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.0%
--- #1,197 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#45. Mayes County

- Median household income: $50,345
--- 4.9% below state median, 19.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.9%
--- #2,152 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.5%
--- #1,077 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#44. Custer County

- Median household income: $49,900
--- 5.7% below state median, 20.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 23.5%
--- #887 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.4%
--- #899 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#43. Jackson County

- Median household income: $49,703
--- 6.1% below state median, 20.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.6%
--- #1,625 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.3%
--- #1,369 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#42. Love County

- Median household income: $49,399
--- 6.7% below state median, 21.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.2%
--- #2,096 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.8%
--- #1,244 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#41. Pottawatomie County

- Median household income: $49,250
--- 6.9% below state median, 21.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.4%
--- #1,891 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.8%
--- #1,010 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#40. Osage County

- Median household income: $49,103
--- 7.2% below state median, 21.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.3%
--- #1,495 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.5%
--- #1,315 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#39. Harmon County

- Median household income: $48,344
--- 8.6% below state median, 23.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.1%
--- #1,225 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.6%
--- #1,053 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#38. Pawnee County

- Median household income: $48,009
--- 9.3% below state median, 23.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.8%
--- #2,173 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.0%
--- #1,197 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#37. Stephens County

- Median household income: $47,214
--- 10.8% below state median, 24.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.6%
--- #1,831 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.6%
--- #1,053 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#36. Garvin County

- Median household income: $47,125
--- 10.9% below state median, 25.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.0%
--- #1,958 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.5%
--- #1,315 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#35. Kay County

- Median household income: $46,809
--- 11.5% below state median, 25.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.5%
--- #2,045 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.4%
--- #1,341 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#34. Pittsburg County

- Median household income: $46,784
--- 11.6% below state median, 25.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.9%
--- #1,976 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.5%
--- #878 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#33. Caddo County

- Median household income: $46,592
--- 12.0% below state median, 25.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.4%
--- #2,061 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.3%
--- #1,126 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#32. Cimarron County

- Median household income: $46,328
--- 12.5% below state median, 26.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.4%
--- #2,723 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.8%
--- #1,512 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#31. Harper County

- Median household income: $46,154
--- 12.8% below state median, 26.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.7%
--- #2,371 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.9%
--- #1,773 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#30. Blaine County

- Median household income: $45,792
--- 13.5% below state median, 27.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.4%
--- #1,883 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.0%
--- #1,197 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#29. Marshall County

- Median household income: $45,746
--- 13.6% below state median, 27.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.5%
--- #2,712 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.8%
--- #1,244 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#28. Latimer County

- Median household income: $44,214
--- 16.4% below state median, 29.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.3%
--- #2,266 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.0%
--- #658 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#27. Bryan County

- Median household income: $44,212
--- 16.5% below state median, 29.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.6%
--- #2,019 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.8%
--- #1,010 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#26. Craig County

- Median household income: $43,329
--- 18.1% below state median, 31.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.1%
--- #2,898 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.2%
--- #1,151 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#25. Nowata County

- Median household income: $43,145
--- 18.5% below state median, 31.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.0%
--- #2,485 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.4%
--- #909 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#24. Muskogee County

- Median household income: $43,078
--- 18.6% below state median, 31.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.2%
--- #1,919 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.5%
--- #381 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#23. Okmulgee County

- Median household income: $42,998
--- 18.7% below state median, 31.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.6%
--- #2,395 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.0%
--- #786 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#22. Cherokee County

- Median household income: $42,774
--- 19.2% below state median, 31.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.6%
--- #2,551 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.0%
--- #533 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#21. Haskell County

- Median household income: $42,348
--- 20.0% below state median, 32.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.4%
--- #2,427 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.1%
--- #521 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#20. Tillman County

- Median household income: $42,280
--- 20.1% below state median, 32.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.0%
--- #2,644 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
--- #1,487 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#19. Delaware County

- Median household income: $41,696
--- 21.2% below state median, 33.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.4%
--- #2,418 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.3%
--- #914 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#18. Payne County

- Median household income: $41,603
--- 21.4% below state median, 33.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.6%
--- #1,849 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 21.1%
--- #212 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#17. Greer County

- Median household income: $41,488
--- 21.6% below state median, 34.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.5%
--- #2,955 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.8%
--- #363 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#16. Johnston County

- Median household income: $41,332
--- 21.9% below state median, 34.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 9.4%
--- #3,034 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.5%
--- #878 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#15. Coal County

- Median household income: $40,938
--- 22.6% below state median, 34.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.3%
--- #2,429 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 19.2%
--- #318 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#14. Le Flore County

- Median household income: $40,677
--- 23.1% below state median, 35.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.1%
--- #2,620 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.3%
--- #609 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#13. Sequoyah County

- Median household income: $40,351
--- 23.7% below state median, 35.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.9%
--- #2,793 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.0%
--- #533 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#12. Jefferson County

- Median household income: $39,895
--- 24.6% below state median, 36.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.2%
--- #2,454 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.6%
--- #372 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#11. Ottawa County

- Median household income: $39,872
--- 24.7% below state median, 36.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.8%
--- #2,927 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.4%
--- #725 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#10. Seminole County

- Median household income: $39,373
--- 25.6% below state median, 37.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.9%
--- #2,793 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.2%
--- #505 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#9. Hughes County

- Median household income: $39,365
--- 25.6% below state median, 37.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
--- #2,535 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.8%
--- #679 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#8. Atoka County

- Median household income: $39,316
--- 25.7% below state median, 37.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.4%
--- #2,589 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.6%
--- #580 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#7. McIntosh County

- Median household income: $39,084
--- 26.1% below state median, 37.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.2%
--- #2,758 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.7%
--- #448 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#6. Okfuskee County

- Median household income: $38,411
--- 27.4% below state median, 38.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.3%
--- #2,872 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.1%
--- #262 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#5. Kiowa County

- Median household income: $38,019
--- 28.2% below state median, 39.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.5%
--- #2,842 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.5%
--- #468 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#4. Pushmataha County

- Median household income: $37,692
--- 28.8% below state median, 40.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.0%
--- #2,487 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 19.4%
--- #300 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#3. McCurtain County

- Median household income: $37,061
--- 30.0% below state median, 41.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.3%
--- #2,741 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.5%
--- #381 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#2. Adair County

- Median household income: $34,695
--- 34.4% below state median, 44.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 9.2%
--- #3,051 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.9%
--- #219 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#1. Choctaw County

- Median household income: $34,489
--- 34.8% below state median, 45.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.9%
--- #2,793 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 25.2%
--- #74 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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