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Report: Alabama remains one of top ten poorest states

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An analysis of the most recent U.S. Census data by 24/7 Wall St is showing the poorest states based on median household income.

Nearly every state in the top ten poorest category is in the South.

In 2010 the State of Alabama was listed as the 9th poorest state. In 2011 it jumped to 5th poorest. The state's median income of $41,415 is said to be nearly $9,000 below the national average.

More than 19 percent of Alabamians are living below the poverty line. That makes the state's average the 7th highest in the nation. 

Mississippi remains the poorest state over 2010 and 2011 while Maryland is considered the richest state.

Here is a comparison of the list in 2010 and 2011, according to 24/7 Wall St.:

2010

2011

10- North Carolina

10- Oklahoma

09- Alabama

09- South Carolina

08- Kentucky

08- New Mexico

07- South Carolina

07- Louisiana

06- Montana

06- Tennessee

05- Louisiana

05- Alabama

04- West Virginia

04- Kentucky

03- Tennessee

03- Arkansas

02- Arkansas

02- West Virginia

01- Mississippi

01- Mississippi

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