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AP Economic Stress Map: The 20 Most Stressed Counties

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Here are the 20 most economically stressed counties with populations over 25,000 and their November 2009 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index:

1. Imperial County, Calif., 32.76

2. Merced County, Calif., 25.14

3. Stanislaus County, Calif., 23.76

4. San Joaquin County, Calif., 23.55

5. Sutter County, Calif., 23.39

6. Yuba County, Calif., 23.26

7. Yuma County, Ariz., 23.06

8. Lyon County, Nev., 23.01

9. Lapeer County, Mich., 22.37

10. Lauderdale County, Tenn., 22.23

11. Riverside County, Calif., 21.97

12. Union County, S.C., 21.96

13. Clark County, Nev., 21.92

14. Nye County, Nev., 21.87

15. Lake County, Calif., 21.83

16. Marion County, S.C., 21.75

17. San Benito County, Calif., 21.58

18. Chester County, S.C., 21.56

19. Dallas County, Ala., 21.36

20. Kern County, Calif.,20.85

A list of the 20 least economically stressed counties with populations over 25,000 and their November 2009 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index:

1. Riley County, Kan., 3.25

2. Ward County, N.D., 3.35

3. Ellis County, Kan., 3.67

4. Brown County, S.D., 3.72

5. Brookings County, S.D., 3.89

6. Burleigh County, N.D., 3.9

7. Ford County, Kan., 3.94

8. Buffalo County, Neb., 3.99

9. Grand Forks County, N.D., 4.25

10. Madison County, Neb., 4.47

11. Albany County, Wyo., 4.47

12. Arlington County, Va., 4.54

13. Finney County, Kan., 4.57

14. Clay County, Minn., 4.63

15. Lincoln County, S.D., 4.79

16. Platte County, Neb., 4.87

17. Polk County, Minn., 4.88

18. Curry County, N.M., 4.89

19. Johnson County, Iowa, 4.89

20. Cass County, N.D., 4.93

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Source: AP Economic Stress Index

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