Excerpt from Times Daily:
Alabama ranks as the sixth poorest state in the U.S. with 17.2 percent of its residents living below the federal poverty line. That’s 3 percent above the national average.
Other states rounding out the top five are West Virginia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Louisiana and Mississippi. Arkansas tied with Alabama for sixth place.
Lauderdale and Colbert counties fall just below the state figure, hardly a bragging point, officials say.
In the Shoals, Franklin County has the highest percentage of residents living below the poverty line at 20.1 percent.