Lowest-earning counties in Washington

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August 15, 2021
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Lowest-earning counties in Washington

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 Washington 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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#39. King County

- Median household income: $94,974
--- 28.7% above state median, 51.1% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 47.7%
--- #54 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.9%
--- #2,803 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#38. Snohomish County

- Median household income: $86,691
--- 17.5% above state median, 37.9% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 42.2%
--- #107 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.8%
--- #2,975 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#37. Kitsap County

- Median household income: $75,411
--- 2.2% above state median, 20.0% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 34.9%
--- #243 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.2%
--- #2,757 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#36. Clark County

- Median household income: $75,253
--- 2.0% above state median, 19.7% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 35.4%
--- #232 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.2%
--- #2,918 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#35. Pierce County

- Median household income: $72,113
--- 2.3% below state median, 14.8% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 33.1%
--- #295 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.4%
--- #2,717 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#34. Thurston County

- Median household income: $72,003
--- 2.4% below state median, 14.6% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 31.9%
--- #337 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.8%
--- #2,641 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#33. Benton County

- Median household income: $69,023
--- 6.4% below state median, 9.8% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 32.3%
--- #320 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.9%
--- #2,605 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#32. Island County

- Median household income: $68,604
--- 7.0% below state median, 9.2% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 29.6%
--- #434 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.4%
--- #2,717 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#31. Skagit County

- Median household income: $67,028
--- 9.1% below state median, 6.7% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 28.1%
--- #510 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.2%
--- #2,525 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#30. Skamania County

- Median household income: $65,181
--- 11.6% below state median, 3.7% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 30.2%
--- #407 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.8%
--- #1,811 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#29. San Juan County

- Median household income: $63,622
--- 13.8% below state median, 1.2% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 29.8%
--- #422 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.0%
--- #2,336 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#28. Franklin County

- Median household income: $63,584
--- 13.8% below state median, 1.2% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 27.2%
--- #572 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.1%
--- #2,771 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#27. Whatcom County

- Median household income: $62,984
--- 14.6% below state median, 0.2% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 27.2%
--- #568 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.5%
--- #1,895 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#26. Douglas County

- Median household income: $62,951
--- 14.7% below state median, 0.2% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 25.2%
--- #730 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.1%
--- #2,771 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#25. Chelan County

- Median household income: $58,795
--- 20.3% below state median, 6.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 25.4%
--- #707 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.2%
--- #2,525 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#24. Walla Walla County

- Median household income: $57,858
--- 21.6% below state median, 7.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 25.7%
--- #679 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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#23. Mason County

- Median household income: $57,634
--- 21.9% below state median, 8.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 23.7%
--- #866 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.9%
--- #2,072 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#22. Spokane County

- Median household income: $56,904
--- 22.9% below state median, 9.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 23.6%
--- #873 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.5%
--- #1,895 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#21. Kittitas County

- Median household income: $56,004
--- 24.1% below state median, 10.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 22.0%
--- #1,097 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.4%
--- #909 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#20. Garfield County

- Median household income: $55,900
--- 24.2% below state median, 11.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.9%
--- #2,333 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.4%
--- #2,479 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#19. Klickitat County

- Median household income: $55,773
--- 24.4% below state median, 11.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.5%
--- #1,171 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.9%
--- #1,230 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#18. Grant County

- Median household income: $55,556
--- 24.7% below state median, 11.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.6%
--- #1,148 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
--- #2,395 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#17. Jefferson County

- Median household income: $55,127
--- 25.3% below state median, 12.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 22.9%
--- #973 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.0%
--- #1,462 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#16. Lincoln County

- Median household income: $54,631
--- 25.9% below state median, 13.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 22.0%
--- #1,097 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.3%
--- #2,263 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#15. Cowlitz County

- Median household income: $54,506
--- 26.1% below state median, 13.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.8%
--- #1,126 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.7%
--- #1,834 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#14. Asotin County

- Median household income: $53,715
--- 27.2% below state median, 14.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.1%
--- #1,225 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
--- #2,395 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#13. Lewis County

- Median household income: $53,484
--- 27.5% below state median, 14.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.1%
--- #1,372 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.9%
--- #1,794 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#12. Columbia County

- Median household income: $53,423
--- 27.6% below state median, 15.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 24.5%
--- #794 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.8%
--- #823 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#11. Wahkiakum County

- Median household income: $53,227
--- 27.9% below state median, 15.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 25.3%
--- #719 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.0%
--- #2,336 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#10. Clallam County

- Median household income: $52,192
--- 29.3% below state median, 16.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.8%
--- #1,427 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.7%
--- #1,537 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#9. Stevens County

- Median household income: $51,775
--- 29.8% below state median, 17.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.0%
--- #1,553 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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#8. Yakima County

- Median household income: $51,637
--- 30.0% below state median, 17.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.4%
--- #1,663 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
--- #1,984 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#7. Grays Harbor County

- Median household income: $51,240
--- 30.5% below state median, 18.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.7%
--- #1,610 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.0%
--- #1,462 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#6. Pend Oreille County

- Median household income: $50,591
--- 31.4% below state median, 19.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.4%
--- #1,891 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.9%
--- #1,230 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#5. Adams County

- Median household income: $48,294
--- 34.5% below state median, 23.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.7%
--- #1,817 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.1%
--- #1,442 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#4. Okanogan County

- Median household income: $47,240
--- 36.0% below state median, 24.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.4%
--- #2,259 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.7%
--- #1,030 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#3. Pacific County

- Median household income: $46,733
--- 36.7% below state median, 25.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.9%
--- #1,973 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.0%
--- #786 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#2. Whitman County

- Median household income: $42,745
--- 42.1% below state median, 32.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.1%
--- #1,734 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.8%
--- #228 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#1. Ferry County

- Median household income: $41,939
--- 43.2% below state median, 33.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.1%
--- #1,381 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.6%
--- #453 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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