Americans on the whole were doing well financially heading into 2020, with major markers like unemployment reaching 50-year lows. The pandemic changed all that: During the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, our nation’s real GDP fell by a whopping 31.4%, a number that hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression. As the economy makes its comeback, things are still a far cry from the way they were in 2019.

One marker that has sped far past its 2019 position is that of income inequality in the United States. Low-wage industries were decimated by the pandemic, leaving millions without work or in positions they were overqualified for. Meanwhile, nearly one in five households across the United States earn less than $25,000 a year, while more than 6% have an annual income that falls below $10,000.

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Where you live can make a big impact on your financial situation. Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-earning counties in Tennessee using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the Census’ 2019 5-year estimate median household income. Keep reading to see where people in your state are making the least.

50. Putnam County

  • Median household income: $44,259
    — 17.0% below state median, 29.6% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 16.5%
    — #2,045 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.2%
    — #756 highest rate among all counties nationwide

49. Dyer County

  • Median household income: $44,185
    — 17.1% below state median, 29.7% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 16.3%
    — #2,084 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.4%
    — #732 highest rate among all counties nationwide

48. Bledsoe County

  • Median household income: $44,122
    — 17.3% below state median, 29.8% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 14.1%
    — #2,472 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 18.1%
    — #409 highest rate among all counties nationwide

47. Grainger County

  • Median household income: $44,064
    — 17.4% below state median, 29.9% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 12.6%
    — #2,697 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 14.5%
    — #878 highest rate among all counties nationwide

46. Hamblen County

  • Median household income: $43,619
    — 18.2% below state median, 30.6% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 12.9%
    — #2,656 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 13.9%
    — #1,005 highest rate among all counties nationwide

45. Lawrence County

  • Median household income: $43,614
    — 18.2% below state median, 30.6% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 13.6%
    — #2,551 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 14.9%
    — #818 highest rate among all counties nationwide

44. Hickman County

  • Median household income: $43,596
    — 18.2% below state median, 30.6% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 15.2%
    — #2,297 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 13.4%
    — #1,112 highest rate among all counties nationwide

43. Polk County

  • Median household income: $43,306
    — 18.8% below state median, 31.1% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 14.6%
    — #2,403 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 11.1%
    — #1,713 highest rate among all counties nationwide

42. Henderson County

  • Median household income: $43,305
    — 18.8% below state median, 31.1% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
    — #2,535 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.4%
    — #725 highest rate among all counties nationwide

41. McMinn County

  • Median household income: $43,285
    — 18.8% below state median, 31.1% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 15.9%
    — #2,152 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.6%
    — #704 highest rate among all counties nationwide

40. Gibson County

  • Median household income: $43,171
    — 19.0% below state median, 31.3% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 15.3%
    — #2,266 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 16.1%
    — #646 highest rate among all counties nationwide

39. Van Buren County

  • Median household income: $42,724
    — 19.9% below state median, 32.0% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 10.8%
    — #2,927 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
    — #1,487 highest rate among all counties nationwide

38. Houston County

  • Median household income: $42,711
    — 19.9% below state median, 32.0% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 12.3%
    — #2,741 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 18.6%
    — #372 highest rate among all counties nationwide

37. Carroll County

  • Median household income: $42,637
    — 20.0% below state median, 32.2% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 13.5%
    — #2,570 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 16.3%
    — #609 highest rate among all counties nationwide

36. Greene County

  • Median household income: $42,595
    — 20.1% below state median, 32.2% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 14.0%
    — #2,487 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.1%
    — #776 highest rate among all counties nationwide

35. Monroe County

  • Median household income: $42,429
    — 20.4% below state median, 32.5% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 13.1%
    — #2,626 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
    — #937 highest rate among all counties nationwide

34. Rhea County

  • Median household income: $42,206
    — 20.8% below state median, 32.8% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 15.6%
    — #2,213 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 16.0%
    — #658 highest rate among all counties nationwide

33. Decatur County

  • Median household income: $42,031
    — 21.2% below state median, 33.1% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 11.9%
    — #2,793 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 18.1%
    — #409 highest rate among all counties nationwide

32. White County

  • Median household income: $41,998
    — 21.2% below state median, 33.2% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 10.3%
    — #2,972 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 14.3%
    — #914 highest rate among all counties nationwide

31. Hawkins County

  • Median household income: $41,924
    — 21.4% below state median, 33.3% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 13.1%
    — #2,620 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 14.9%
    — #805 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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30. Unicoi County

  • Median household income: $41,890
    — 21.4% below state median, 33.3% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 11.6%
    — #2,829 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.4%
    — #732 highest rate among all counties nationwide

29. Wayne County

  • Median household income: $41,427
    — 22.3% below state median, 34.1% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 12.3%
    — #2,741 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 17.6%
    — #453 highest rate among all counties nationwide

28. Morgan County

  • Median household income: $41,333
    — 22.5% below state median, 34.2% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
    — #2,524 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.9%
    — #674 highest rate among all counties nationwide

27. Warren County

  • Median household income: $41,125
    — 22.9% below state median, 34.6% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 12.9%
    — #2,656 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 17.2%
    — #505 highest rate among all counties nationwide

26. Perry County

  • Median household income: $41,034
    — 23.0% below state median, 34.7% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 11.6%
    — #2,829 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 20.2%
    — #257 highest rate among all counties nationwide

25. Hardin County

  • Median household income: $40,682
    — 23.7% below state median, 35.3% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 14.1%
    — #2,467 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.5%
    — #709 highest rate among all counties nationwide

24. Grundy County

  • Median household income: $40,516
    — 24.0% below state median, 35.5% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 13.1%
    — #2,626 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 21.2%
    — #203 highest rate among all counties nationwide

23. Henry County

  • Median household income: $40,502
    — 24.0% below state median, 35.6% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 14.1%
    — #2,472 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.2%
    — #756 highest rate among all counties nationwide

22. Hardeman County

  • Median household income: $40,304
    — 24.4% below state median, 35.9% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 10.5%
    — #2,955 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 17.4%
    — #478 highest rate among all counties nationwide

21. Weakley County

  • Median household income: $39,937
    — 25.1% below state median, 36.4% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 11.7%
    — #2,812 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 16.3%
    — #609 highest rate among all counties nationwide

20. Lauderdale County

  • Median household income: $39,896
    — 25.2% below state median, 36.5% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 10.3%
    — #2,972 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 18.0%
    — #420 highest rate among all counties nationwide

19. Campbell County

  • Median household income: $39,803
    — 25.4% below state median, 36.7% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 12.4%
    — #2,736 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 17.2%
    — #505 highest rate among all counties nationwide

18. Obion County

  • Median household income: $39,615
    — 25.7% below state median, 37.0% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 11.4%
    — #2,858 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 16.8%
    — #558 highest rate among all counties nationwide

17. Pickett County

  • Median household income: $39,554
    — 25.8% below state median, 37.1% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 14.6%
    — #2,395 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 19.4%
    — #300 highest rate among all counties nationwide

16. McNairy County

  • Median household income: $39,161
    — 26.6% below state median, 37.7% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 11.2%
    — #2,891 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 14.6%
    — #864 highest rate among all counties nationwide

15. Scott County

  • Median household income: $38,864
    — 27.1% below state median, 38.2% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 10.1%
    — #2,992 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 18.1%
    — #409 highest rate among all counties nationwide

14. Carter County

  • Median household income: $38,092
    — 28.6% below state median, 39.4% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 12.5%
    — #2,712 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 18.6%
    — #372 highest rate among all counties nationwide

13. Haywood County

  • Median household income: $37,905
    — 28.9% below state median, 39.7% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 8.8%
    — #3,069 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 18.2%
    — #402 highest rate among all counties nationwide

12. Benton County

  • Median household income: $37,512
    — 29.6% below state median, 40.3% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 9.7%
    — #3,013 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 19.0%
    — #334 highest rate among all counties nationwide

11. Macon County

  • Median household income: $37,430
    — 29.8% below state median, 40.4% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
    — #2,524 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 14.9%
    — #805 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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10. Lewis County

  • Median household income: $37,277
    — 30.1% below state median, 40.7% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 11.0%
    — #2,907 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 15.2%
    — #756 highest rate among all counties nationwide

9. Overton County

  • Median household income: $37,197
    — 30.2% below state median, 40.8% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 12.6%
    — #2,711 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 17.9%
    — #430 highest rate among all counties nationwide

8. Claiborne County

  • Median household income: $36,835
    — 30.9% below state median, 41.4% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 10.6%
    — #2,948 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 20.4%
    — #250 highest rate among all counties nationwide

7. Cocke County

  • Median household income: $36,716
    — 31.1% below state median, 41.6% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 9.7%
    — #3,013 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 20.7%
    — #234 highest rate among all counties nationwide

6. Fentress County

  • Median household income: $36,520
    — 31.5% below state median, 41.9% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 6.2%
    — #3,126 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 17.0%
    — #533 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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5. Johnson County

  • Median household income: $36,004
    — 32.5% below state median, 42.7% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 10.4%
    — #2,966 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 22.1%
    — #165 highest rate among all counties nationwide

4. Jackson County

  • Median household income: $35,207
    — 34.0% below state median, 44.0% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 8.6%
    — #3,075 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 19.4%
    — #300 highest rate among all counties nationwide

3. Lake County

  • Median household income: $35,191
    — 34.0% below state median, 44.0% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 9.2%
    — #3,051 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 25.5%
    — #67 highest rate among all counties nationwide

2. Clay County

  • Median household income: $32,167
    — 39.7% below state median, 48.8% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 8.1%
    — #3,092 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 22.2%
    — #163 highest rate among all counties nationwide

1. Hancock County

  • Median household income: $30,136
    — 43.5% below state median, 52.0% below national median
  • Households earning over $100k: 11.0%
    — #2,907 highest rate among all counties nationwide
  • Households earning less than $15k: 22.5%
    — #150 highest rate among all counties nationwide