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Adams County was ranked the poorest county in Ohio in a recent Wall St. 24/7 analysis ( of the least affluent regions in all 50 states.

Adams County recorded a median household income of $36,320 annually, based on 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data. That compares to a statewide median household income of $52,407 per year, according to the analysis.

Adams County's poverty rate was pegged at 23.8 percent, and its October 2018 jobless rate was 6.5 percent.

With the exception of Connecticut, each state’s poorest jurisdiction has a median annual household income under the national average of $57,652, according to Wall St. 24/7. And in most states, households in the poorest counties earned less than $40,000 annually, the analysis concluded.

The poorest counties in each state also had similar characteristics, including their tendency to be mostly rural, with decreasing populations and a lack of employment opportunities, according to the study. 

Delaware County was ranked the richest county in Ohio.