Lowest-earning counties in Virginia

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April 5, 2022
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Lowest-earning counties in Virginia

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 Virginia 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. Campbell County

- Median household income: $49,664
--- 33.1% below state median, 21.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
--- #1,686 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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#49. Richmond County

- Median household income: $49,517
--- 33.3% below state median, 21.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.8%
--- #1,988 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.7%
--- #846 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#48. Sussex County

- Median household income: $49,487
--- 33.3% below state median, 21.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.0%
--- #1,553 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.7%
--- #846 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#47. Wythe County

- Median household income: $49,364
--- 33.5% below state median, 21.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.7%
--- #2,194 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.7%
--- #1,264 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#46. Buckingham County

- Median household income: $49,025
--- 33.9% below state median, 22.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.1%
--- #2,467 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.2%
--- #1,408 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#45. Highland County

- Median household income: $48,587
--- 34.5% below state median, 22.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.8%
--- #2,352 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.6%
--- #2,439 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#44. Bland County

- Median household income: $48,531
--- 34.6% below state median, 22.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.9%
--- #1,775 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.0%
--- #1,737 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#43. Washington County

- Median household income: $48,495
--- 34.7% below state median, 22.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.4%
--- #1,891 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.7%
--- #1,264 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#42. Pittsylvania County

- Median household income: $47,690
--- 35.7% below state median, 24.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.6%
--- #2,206 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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#41. Alleghany County

- Median household income: $47,673
--- 35.8% below state median, 24.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.9%
--- #1,783 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.9%
--- #674 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#40. Cumberland County

- Median household income: $47,469
--- 36.0% below state median, 24.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.0%
--- #1,774 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.7%
--- #686 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#39. Richmond city

- Median household income: $47,250
--- 36.3% below state median, 24.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.5%
--- #1,171 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.6%
--- #453 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#38. Northampton County

- Median household income: $47,227
--- 36.4% below state median, 24.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.4%
--- #1,891 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.6%
--- #704 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#37. Prince Edward County

- Median household income: $47,202
--- 36.4% below state median, 24.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.5%
--- #2,045 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.1%
--- #959 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#36. Harrisonburg city

- Median household income: $46,679
--- 37.1% below state median, 25.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.6%
--- #1,625 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.4%
--- #600 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#35. Lynchburg city

- Median household income: $46,409
--- 37.5% below state median, 26.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.8%
--- #2,173 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.4%
--- #899 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#34. Accomack County

- Median household income: $46,073
--- 37.9% below state median, 26.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.1%
--- #2,111 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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#33. Nottoway County

- Median household income: $45,535
--- 38.7% below state median, 27.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.0%
--- #2,322 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.9%
--- #805 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#32. Waynesboro city

- Median household income: $45,011
--- 39.4% below state median, 28.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.0%
--- #1,958 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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#31. Carroll County

- Median household income: $44,835
--- 39.6% below state median, 28.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.0%
--- #2,915 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.9%
--- #992 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#30. Brunswick County

- Median household income: $44,434
--- 40.1% below state median, 29.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.7%
--- #2,543 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.9%
--- #818 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#29. Lunenburg County

- Median household income: $44,303
--- 40.3% below state median, 29.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.3%
--- #2,972 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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#28. Roanoke city

- Median household income: $44,230
--- 40.4% below state median, 29.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.7%
--- #2,371 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.9%
--- #546 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#27. Mecklenburg County

- Median household income: $43,207
--- 41.8% below state median, 31.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.4%
--- #2,251 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.9%
--- #669 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#26. Patrick County

- Median household income: $43,073
--- 42.0% below state median, 31.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.4%
--- #2,721 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.8%
--- #567 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#25. Halifax County

- Median household income: $42,669
--- 42.5% below state median, 32.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.2%
--- #2,289 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.7%
--- #686 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#24. Lexington city

- Median household income: $42,632
--- 42.6% below state median, 32.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.4%
--- #1,672 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 27.9%
--- #36 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#23. Tazewell County

- Median household income: $42,099
--- 43.3% below state median, 33.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.9%
--- #2,518 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.7%
--- #686 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#22. Smyth County

- Median household income: $40,932
--- 44.9% below state median, 34.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.7%
--- #2,819 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.6%
--- #453 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#21. Covington city

- Median household income: $40,655
--- 45.2% below state median, 35.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.5%
--- #2,842 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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#20. Charlotte County

- Median household income: $40,573
--- 45.3% below state median, 35.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.9%
--- #2,664 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.0%
--- #420 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#19. Franklin city

- Median household income: $40,417
--- 45.5% below state median, 35.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.4%
--- #2,590 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.4%
--- #732 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#18. Scott County

- Median household income: $39,820
--- 46.4% below state median, 36.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.4%
--- #2,723 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.2%
--- #407 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#17. Russell County

- Median household income: $39,758
--- 46.4% below state median, 36.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.3%
--- #2,884 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.5%
--- #244 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#16. Hopewell city

- Median household income: $39,030
--- 47.4% below state median, 37.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.2%
--- #2,297 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 19.6%
--- #288 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#15. Wise County

- Median household income: $38,888
--- 47.6% below state median, 38.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.6%
--- #2,697 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.7%
--- #232 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#14. Petersburg city

- Median household income: $38,679
--- 47.9% below state median, 38.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.4%
--- #2,966 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.8%
--- #355 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#13. Henry County

- Median household income: $37,952
--- 48.9% below state median, 39.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.6%
--- #2,948 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.7%
--- #448 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#12. Bristol city

- Median household income: $37,500
--- 49.5% below state median, 40.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.6%
--- #2,551 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.5%
--- #381 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#11. Danville city

- Median household income: $37,203
--- 49.9% below state median, 40.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.8%
--- #2,927 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.8%
--- #228 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#10. Grayson County

- Median household income: $36,544
--- 50.8% below state median, 41.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.4%
--- #2,858 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.1%
--- #409 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#9. Radford city

- Median household income: $36,297
--- 51.1% below state median, 42.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.3%
--- #2,266 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 26.2%
--- #62 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#8. Martinsville city

- Median household income: $34,371
--- 53.7% below state median, 45.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.4%
--- #2,858 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 19.6%
--- #288 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#7. Galax city

- Median household income: $33,575
--- 54.8% below state median, 46.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 9.9%
--- #2,999 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 21.6%
--- #185 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#6. Lee County

- Median household income: $32,888
--- 55.7% below state median, 47.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 9.8%
--- #3,007 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 22.9%
--- #138 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#5. Buena Vista city

- Median household income: $32,455
--- 56.3% below state median, 48.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.8%
--- #2,669 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.5%
--- #590 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#4. Buchanan County

- Median household income: $31,956
--- 56.9% below state median, 49.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 8.7%
--- #3,072 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 21.3%
--- #196 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#3. Dickenson County

- Median household income: $29,932
--- 59.7% below state median, 52.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.3%
--- #2,872 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 25.1%
--- #77 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#2. Norton city

- Median household income: $29,000
--- 60.9% below state median, 53.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.4%
--- #2,858 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 27.4%
--- #46 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#1. Emporia city

- Median household income: $27,063
--- 63.5% below state median, 56.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.1%
--- #2,771 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 20.2%
--- #257 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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