The 9th Poorest State in the U.S.
9. South Carolina
Median Household Income: $43,107
"The Palmetto State" saw a sharp decline in annual income from 2008 to 2012. South Carolina had one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S. in 2012, at 7.1%.
Low income and unemployed families struggled to put food on the table. 15.7% of the state's population suffered from food insecurity, or the lack of access to enough food.