Just because a state is prosperous, it doesn't necessarily follow that all its counties will be equally well off.

In fact, as highlighted by 24/7 Wall St.'s special report on the poorest counties in every state, some states are very well off indeed—but some of their counties make life unduly hard on residents.

Not just the booming job market but also wage growth have left these residents behind, with annual wages for the state far outpacing those for county residents and the poverty and unemployment rates considerably higher than one might expect.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.