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Personal incomes vary greatly among counties across the United States. While in New York County, New York, the average personal income per capita was about $122,000 in 2013, in Telfair, Georgia it was seven times lower at only $17,500. In the poorest 100 counties in the US, per capita income is less than $26,500 ($2,208 per month) on average.
The level of economic well-being strongly correlates with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the former Food Stamp Program) participation rates on a county-by-county basis. In counties with relatively high incomes, the number of SNAP recipients is generally less than 5 percent of the population, while in low-income counties participation rates reach or exceed 50 percent. For example, in Shannon and Todd counties, South Dakota, the absolute majority of residents receive SNAP benefits (62% and 56% as of 2012, respectively). However, the correlation is not perfect. In some upper-middle-income counties SNAP participation rates are elevated because of high unemployment, among other factors.
The US Economy Data Brief provides a comprehensive and interactive overview of leading US economic and financial indicators, including but not limited to GDP, inflation and prices, economic activity, financial accounts, debt figures, the labor market, and so much more.