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The 10 Poorest States in America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- While some American states are recovering from the recession, many others are struggling to get out from under the pressures associated with the economy's decline.

Everyday Americans are fighting to put food on the tables, pay their bills, and keep a roof over their heads. Some places in the U.S. were harder hit than others when the recession struck, making them the poorest states in the country.

Despite their best efforts, many Americans are having a difficult time staying out of poverty.

"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin," Charles Darwin said.

What follows is a list of the 10 poorest states in the U.S., based on data released from the U.S. Census Bureau in September 2013.


10. Oklahoma

Median Household Income: $44,312

Oklahoma ranks tenth among the poorest states in the country, but didn't suffer as much as others during the recession, as the state's economy relied intensely on the energy industry, and the rise in oil prices helped to soften the impact of the financial crisis, 24/7 Wall Street reported.

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