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10. North Carolina: Median household income: $47,830. Population: 10,042,802 (9th highest). 2015 unemployment rate: 5.7 percent (15th highest). Poverty rate: 16.4 percent (12th highest). (Photo: iStock)

9. Tennessee: Median household income: $47,275. Population: 6,600,299 (17th highest). 2015 unemployment rate: 5.8 percent (14th highest). Poverty rate: 16.7 percent (10th highest). (Photo: iStock)

8. South Carolina: Median household income: $47,238. Population: 4,896,146 (23rd highest). 2015 unemployment rate: 6 percent (10th highest). Poverty rate: 16.6 percent (11th highest). (Photo: AP)

7. Louisiana: Median household income: $45,727. Population: 4,670,724 (25th highest). 2015 unemployment rate: 6.3 percent (6th highest). Poverty rate: 19.6 percent (3rd highest). (Photo: Getty)

6. New Mexico: Median household income: $45,382. Population: 2,085,109 (15th lowest). 2015 unemployment rate: 6.6 percent (3rd highest). Poverty rate: 20.4 percent (2nd highest). (Photo: Shutterstock)

5. Kentucky: Median household income: $45,215. Population: 4,425,092 (25th lowest). 2015 unemployment rate: 5.4 percent (20th highest). Poverty rate: 18.5 percent (5th highest). (Photo: AP)

4. Alabama: Median household income: $44,765. Population: 4,858,979 (24th highest). 2015 unemployment rate: 6.1 percent (8th highest). Poverty rate: 18.5 percent (5th highest). (Photo: Getty)

3. West Virginia: Median household income: $42,019. Population: 1,844,128 (13th lowest). 2015 unemployment rate: 6.7 percent (the highest). Poverty rate: 17.9 percent (7th highest). (Photo: AP)

2. Arkansas: Median household income: $41,995. Population: 2,978,204 (18th lowest). 2015 unemployment rate: 5.2 percent (24th highest). Poverty rate: 19.1 percent (4th highest). (Photo: Getty)

1. Mississippi: Median household income: $40,593. Population: 2,992,333 (19th lowest). 2015 unemployment rate: 6.5 percent (4th highest). Poverty rate: 22 percent (the highest). (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Census Bureau may have given some good news about the economy recently, when it reported a 5.2 percent gain in middle-class median incomes — up to $56,500 in 2015 from $53,700 in 2014 — but that doesn’t mean blessings fall equally on all Americans.


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