The Poorest County in Florida: DeSoto
About half an hour northeast of Fort Myers, DeSoto has a population of about 35,000. The county has lower high school and college graduation rates than the state average, but has a higher homeownership rate. DeSoto is in the poorer half of the counties on our list.
Poverty Rate: 32.9%Poverty Rate of Kids Under 18: 40.1% Median Household Income: $33,966