NEW ORLEANS - SEPT 1: An empty street with power lines at corner of Harmony and Chippewa is shown during Hurricane Gustav on September 1, 2008 in southern New Orleans. Frontpage / Shutterstock

America’s 50 states may be united, but equal they are not.

The income a typical resident can expect to earn varies tremendously from state to state, leading to a totally different quality of life. The median household income in the wealthiest state, Maryland, almost doubles that of the poorest.

Nationwide, the poverty rate is 10.5% and the median household income is $68,703, the most recent census data shows — but the states on the bottom of this list don’t come anywhere close.