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    Study in poverty

    Data from a U.S. Census Bureau survey indicates that though median household income has grown overall in most southern New Jersey municipalities, the area remains one of the least affluent in the state.

    The Press of Atlantic City reports Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Ocean and Salem counties are all in the bottom eight of the 21 counties when it comes to income, joined by Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties. None of those eight counties have a median household income of more than $60,000.

    The survey, which includes statistics on a number of economic and social characteristics, provides a snapshot of how communities have fared during a period that included a severe recession.

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