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Report: What's the poorest county in Missouri?

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24/7 Wall Street released a report of the poorest counties in each state.

Shannon County is the poorest in Missouri, with a median household income of $32,180. That compares with the state median of $53,560. Shannon County is northeast of West Plains.

The poorest county on the list is Holmes County, Mississippi, where the median household income is $21,093.

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Anyone interested in learning more about Shannon County, Missouri should search YouTube for Missouri State University (former SMSU) Professor Emeritus Robert Flanders' Shannon County Documentary filmed more than 40 years ago, but would appear to be 80 years ago. There are two video in the series, "A Portrait of the Ozarks: Part 1: Shannon County-Home and Part 2: Shannon County-Hearts of the Children." Very enlightening and also very sad.

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