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California counties top economic stress list

May 3, 2010 |  4:43 pm

More than half of the top 20 economically stressed counties in the country -- including four of the top five -- are in California. That's according to a new list posted by the Associated Press.

The list ranks "the 20 most economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000." Topping the list was Imperial County, followed by Merced County. San Benito and Sutter counties are fourth and fifth on the list, respectively.

Yuba and Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties also made the top 10. 

On the other end of the spectrum, the six least economically stressed counties are all in Kansas or South Dakota.

-- Anthony York