10 states with the lowest average income

Here are the states where you're likely to take home less pay once taxes, car payments and other factors are counted.

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Nov 10, 2013 6:44AM
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The entire premise of this article is misleading. It conveniently leaves out the fact that the standard of living in these states is significantly lower than  many of the states that didn't make this list. Who the heck cares if someone makes $35,000/yr if their mortgage is only $450.month. California, New York, New Jersey, and other so-called "blue states'" standards of living are through the roof- $500,000 for a 700 square foot home is ridiculous.


And before you stereotype me I'll save you the trouble: I am an African-American from San Antonio, Texas with a college degree. I'm a Christian and a Libertarian. I don't support republicans or democrats because they both support high taxes, regulation, endless unconstitutional wars as well as the nanny, police, and welfare states.

 

Obama is a FASCIST just like George Bush and all presidents before them, as evidenced by the $13 billion bribe to the Justice Department by J.P. Morgan and another +$800 million bribe en route from Bank of America to avoid legal action and further promote CRONY capitalism and corporate corruption. Republicans support Medicare and Social Security just as the democrats do, and of the 376 drone strikes, many of which killed and injured hundreds to thousands of innocent people, Obama launched 348 of them! Not to mention "kinetic conflict" in Libya, and the backing of Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria. Lets not forget that the president received the Nobel PEACE prize for this stellar performance. The democrats, supposedly defenders of civil liberties not only supported the creation of the DHS and the rapid expansion of the surveillance state under the Patriot Act, but they have taken Nazi-style propaganda, media crackdowns, war on free speech, and covert (anti 4th amendment) surveillance to a GLOBAL level. Democrats represent the epitome of naivity: they support the failed institution that is government blindly, with moral inconsistency and unwavering loyalty. Despite the mountain of evidence that government mismanages and inefficiently runs EVERYTHING that it touches, the statists (left) still believe mommy knows best- That govt. has a MORAL obligation to prevent fat people from drinking 20 ounce sodas. That by banning assault rifles the country will become a peaceful utopia in an instant, by using FORCE and COERCION to make completely healthy people who eat right and exercise regularly to pay for smokers' and fat people's health care is moral. Our infrastructure, postal system, food and water supply- even the day-to-day operation of government is nothing short of horrendous- and yet democrats want MORE government, MORE mediocrity. At least the snaggle-toothed, uneducated, guns and God clinging inbreds of the South (liberal sarcasm intended) would rather rot in their poverty-infested trailer parks than ask the government for a handout. Democrats support the thieving hands of government to take any and everything from me by FORCE: liberty, money, and freedom.  

Nov 16, 2013 9:03AM
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What is all this "red state, blue state crap! My God! We're not even a UNITED States anymore. ...all i hear is "my blue state is better than your red state, or "my red state is better than your blue state" it just seems so silly. might as well say:  "my corrupt political party is better than your corrupt political party!"

Nov 9, 2013 5:52PM
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I live in one of the states mentioned, but it doesn't seem all that poor to me.  Just last week, I took a train through New York City and cringed at some of the dilapidated things I saw and trash just sitting around.  Poor people are everywhere.  In my state, we don't have a lot of super rich like New York or California to help pull the average up.  We don't have the things the very rich migrate to, like beach front property.  We don't even have professional sports and all of those high paid athletes to pull numbers up.  Just as important, we don't have a lot of rich people to jack taxes up on.  Some of us don't have a lot of oil in the ground or other lucrative natural resources.  We are mostly just average people living average lives.  Half of us are in the deer woods this weekend and will be in church tomorrow.  We love our SEC football on Saturdays! We are not perfect, but we are doing okay. My state is on the list, but it is a beautiful place.  I invite anyone to come visit, but don't stay here unless you can get by with a little less.
Nov 9, 2013 12:55AM
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No one in Mississippi lives in houses like that any more unless you live in Jackson, MS or in the Mississippi Delta. And it never stops to amaze me how news people always points to the Mississippi Delta (just below Memphis) and tells people from other states this how Mississippi is. Majority of the people in the state live in regular brick houses with running water and electricity. They even have real bathrooms. Some people live in nice mobile homes like everywhere else in this country, Most of these mobile homes sit on their owners property they own and not in a run down trailer park. We might be the poorest and the fattest, but we are the proudest. Welcome to Mississippi, the Hospitality State. Y'all come and sit a spell. You can drink real sweet ice tea any day of the year. Then if you stay for supper, we will just make a big pot of stew in which we would first have to strain the dishrag. (Just kidding on the last part of the sentence.) They do that in Alabama as I am told or was that over in North Carolina. So many Southern friends it is hard to keep up with who told me that. We still have the Good Samaritan Law here too.

However, I wish MSN would put the real Mississippi on a picture instead of some old tore out houses that is inhabitable for anyone, They probably didn't see those nice two story homes behind these houses either.

Nov 11, 2013 12:40PM
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Without adjusting for cost of living this list is totally worthless
Nov 8, 2013 3:23PM
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I went to look at a mining property in N.W. Arizona.  Now I have been to places in Arizona like Sedona, Scottsdale and Flagstaff.    Very nice places.    The area around Dolan Springs was a nightmare.  I thought I was in Somalia.    Shacks and very very poor people living in a hell hole.   I simply could not imagine a place like that existing just 40 miles from Vegas.    I refer to these people as the forgotten poor of the U.S.   They are not minorities but White People living in some hell hole where nobody can see them.  It is about the only place I have ever been where I can say that a nuclear attack would only help the place.    This cannot be the U.S.   People do not live like this in the U.S.  
Nov 11, 2013 1:55PM
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Well, WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

At least 7 out of 10 are Right-To-Work States! 

Right-To-Work-For-Less is more like it!

Nov 9, 2013 12:33AM
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All but one are RED states. All but one are Right To Work- for less-states. Now show the states that use/need the most help from the big Government they hate so much.
Nov 9, 2013 8:05PM
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Michigan is NOT on this list really? I live here, i'm shocked its not in the Top 10 honestly
Nov 11, 2013 12:06PM
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WV unemployment rate doesn't reflect that fact that employers pay squat here. You get minimum wage and, if you complain, they just fire you and move on to the next poor schlub. I live in WV and despite it's natural beauty (what's left after mining anyway) it's a backwards place full of ignorant hicks. Don't ever move your family here unless you are a glutton for punishment. There's no end in sight to WV's troubles. The politicians care more about out-of-state coal companies and not the people. It's always been that and it always will.


Nov 20, 2013 12:12PM
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I think that poor is sometimes just circumstantial.  During the early 50's in Mid Michigan, my dad lost his job and subsequently we lost our home.  We ended up living in our grandparents garage.  We four children slept in the family car out in the driveway (cars were huge then) because our parents thought we would be warmer up off the ground. Our parents slept on a mattress on the garage floor.  Our belongings were crammed into that garage to tightly, we could only sit on the sofa if the overhead door was open.  I'm thankful we had a place to live even though we were all terrified about what was going to happen to us .  Our grandparents let us in their home just long enough to eat (we usually had hotdogs) and wash up, then we were sent back out to the garage for the rest of the time. I can't remember how long we stayed there, but for a child it seemed like forever.  Luckily, my father got hired by our local fire department at which he worked for the next eight years. At that time firemen worked 24 hrs. on and 24 hrs. off.  On his off days during that eight years, he went to school and got his mechanical engineering degree. During those eight years we lived in some pretty crumby apartments with mice running around and mean landlords.  He went to school at a time when there were no student loans or grants.  After graduation, he got a position with General Motors, where he worked for the next 30 years.    Our family gradually got back on our feet after that and I guess we were what America called the middle class.   We finally got our own home, with warm beds to sleep in, food on the table and clothes on our backs.  We children never asked or wanted for anything else.  We were so grateful for what we had and ever mindful of where we came from.  We  all grew up well, we all have families and nice homes, but due to what happened to us early on, we feel that if need be we could survive almost anything.  I think Americans, deep down,  have this same ethic and gumption that my dad had many years ago. All we need is our jobs back from overseas and a chance.  What a wonderful country this would be.
Nov 11, 2013 5:35AM
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What a crock. If you separated NYC from the rest of NY, I bet upstate NY would be on that list. The poverty caused by the leftist scum redistributing the wealth has destroyed everything above Westchester.

Where there were once small towns where people could make a living, you find empty buildings. The factories are empty shells and the houses are worthless. The farms are gone. That is what 50 years of socialism has done to my home. 

Nov 11, 2013 9:44AM
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All this talk of people being "poor"--yet a drive through modest neighborhoods filled with homes and it's a challenge to find a garden or clothes drying on a line.
Nov 11, 2013 1:05PM
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Income is meaningless when it's not compared to cost of living.

I make twice what people in my home town make. But my mortgage is 4 times more than my sister who stayed there is paying.

Nov 9, 2013 5:00PM
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Midwest flyover country is the best.  There are many reasonably-priced homes and the lifestyle is laid back.  I'd like to live here and spend winters in Florida.
Nov 11, 2013 4:21AM
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that does not surprise me in the least, especially now with the salaries that either are frozen which mine has been 3 times already or they are simply getting lower no one ever really cares about the poor they never have believe me been there done that.  Believe me someone always has something to say about it to me but when it comes to at least making an effort to make a positive change that wasn't in their agenda.  They only care about not taking care of anyone!!! Don't get me wrong I was one who always wanted to work anyway but the opportunities were not there at all, and it would have been a benefit.  A criminal got a better shake than what I got what does that tell you.

Nov 8, 2013 10:13PM
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Same old list of red states where too many people don't value education and are paranoid about the government. Year after year, when ranking the states lowest in eduction and income and highest in poverty and obesity the list barely changes.
Nov 11, 2013 2:20PM
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PHIL:YOU need to look at the polling numbers.The poor areas,by and large don`t vote.

They`ve given up on this country.The rich areas make sure they vote to keep their tax

breaks and corporate welfare.Don`t fall hook line, and sinker for Limbough`s lies.

Nov 11, 2013 12:06PM
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Funny, these are almost all Republican controlled states that have reputations of being very "Christian". What's up with that?
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