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Where are the Families with the Fewest Earners per Household?

MONDAY, JUL 11, 2022

Where are the families with the fewest earners per household? In Florida, of course. A Social Explorer analysis of 2016-20 American Community Survey data finds that a whopping 62.4 percent of families in Sumter County, Fla., have no one earning income – most likely because vast parts of the central Florida area are home to wealthy retirees. In fact, the four counties with more than 10,000 families and the highest percentage of no-earner households – Sumter, Citrus (41.2 percent), Highlands (40.5 percent), and Charlotte (40.3 percent) — are all located in central Florida.

That doesn’t mean that all counties with families that have no earners (14.6 percent of the nation’s 79.8 million family households) are well-off. Nye County, Nev., ranks fifth in the percentage of no-earner family households (38.7 percent), followed by Baxter County, Ark. (36.7 percent); Logan County, W.Va. (36.1 percent); Mohave County, Ariz. (36 percent); Floyd County, Ky. (34.3 percent); and Brunswick County, N.C.

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Households with No Earners, 2020. Click here to explore further.

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Author: Frank Bass

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