When it comes to Nevada, a county with a population of about 1 million is just the start
By JOE HARRIS | Bloomberg NEW YORK — It is an island of rural poverty, a place where farmers in the remote mountains have been unable to get their hands on crops because of a lack of cash.
The county’s population of around 700,000 is a fraction of Nevada’s, about 1.5 million people.
It has a population density of about 7,000 people per square mile, a ratio nearly twice that of the U.S. average, according to a Bloomberg analysis of Census Bureau data.
Nevada has one of the highest rates of poverty in the country.
Its average per capita income, adjusted for inflation, was $21,738 in 2017, according a Bloomberg report, far below the national average of $29,566.
Nevada also has one-fifth the percentage of people living in poverty as the U,S., and more than 40 percent of the state’s population is under the age of 18.
There are more than 7,700 people in Nevada living below the poverty line, according the census, up from 7,500 a decade ago.
The rural poverty rate in Nevada is about 10.8 percent, about the same as the national rate, according Bloomberg’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s 2017 Current Population Survey.
While Nevada has some of the poorest per capita incomes in the nation, it is not alone in the region.
In Wyoming, which has about 3.2 million people, the poverty rate is 16.9 percent, the highest in the U-S.
The state’s median income is $25,634, according data from the U.,S.
But the average income in Wyoming is just $26,964.
In North Dakota, which had the highest poverty rate, the median income was $36,636, according Census Bureau figures.
And Wyoming has a lower median income than Iowa, a state that has more than 1 million people and has a median income of $44,500.
Some states with high per capita rates of high poverty rates are Virginia, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi.
At the same time, states with lower per capita levels of poverty are Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Iowa.
With less than 6 percent of Americans living in the poverty level, the U.-S.
poverty rate has been decreasing for more than a decade, according Data Source.
One of the factors contributing to Nevada’s low poverty rate could be that people in the rural areas have been able to work longer hours without taking time off from their jobs, according Paul Pritchard, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank.
“There is a lot of work that can be done to improve working hours, including providing more opportunities to work in remote areas, and making sure people are paid at least minimum wage, so they can afford to eat,” he said.
Pritchard noted that Nevada has one the lowest unemployment rates in the states and has the lowest poverty rate of any state.
Another factor could be a shift in priorities in the state.
In the 1970s and ’80s, there were not a lot more jobs in the county, so people started moving out of the city, Pritchers said.
“Now people are starting to move back into the cities and back into towns,” he added.
So far, Nevada has seen an influx of immigrants, mostly from Latin America, who are moving into the state, Pregards said.