Where there are the rich, there have to be the poor. Anything wrong with little money? No way! In these towns you may not find blossoming bank accounts, but the sense of community is tremendous and beautiful.
Cookeville may be absolutely adorable, but the numbers don't put it in the 1%. The poverty rate is listed nationally as having doubled in the last year, making the rise the second fastest in the nation. Yikes.
Sadly, Bristol's poverty rate is high and income value is low - shock of shocks. It goes the way of Kingsport, however, with great people and little money. It's not a bad thing, guys. Good people trump good bank accounts any day.
8) Grundy County
We couldn't pick a city within Grundy County, because it has been listed as one of the poorest COUNTIES in the country, due to the high unemployment and low income rates that run across the entirety of the area.
Ah, Jamestown. You're darling and sweet and such a lovely place, but you better get that poverty rate down. Why did it go up? Thinkprogress.org blames rampant drug use.
East Tennessee struggles a bit with their poverty rates and income numbers, mainly because these good folk - especially sweet Kingsport - find happiness in the simple things in life. Don't need no white collar office prep job out here, these folks believe in good, hard work. Values are in place in this great spot, even if the numbers don't reflect it.
An unemployment rate of 11% in mid-sized to small Morristown earns it a rank on our list. Doesn't mean these people aren't kind and happy, though - we've met some real stunners out here. East Tennessee quite obviously knows where true joy lies, and it's not at the bank.
4) Johnson City
Johnson City is a sweet little spot, but, unfortunately, not rolling in the dough. It's a great town to visit - but don't plan on building a career within city limits.
Sorry, Music City. With 25.8% of residents incomes lying under $25,000 a year, you just don't get a gold star. The wage gap is fairly significant, with a large number of transients due to its geographical location in the middle of main interstates and crazy rich country music stars. Maybe it's the hipsters bringing the income down though, ya think?
Low housing income rates stick Newport on the list, also known as the second poorest city in East Tennessee - but did you know that housing prices are dirt cheap? Buyers market, out in this beautiful area.
43.1% of Memphis-ites live in poverty, ranking it close to number one nationwide - not just in Tennessee.