10 Cities Hit Hardest by Extreme Poverty

Bakersfield, Calif., tops the list
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2017 12:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – The economy may be on the mend from the Great Recession, but poverty is a growing problem. The percentage of Americans living in poverty rose from 12.4% in 2009 to 14.6% in 2015. As numbers culled by 24/7 Wall Street point out, it's also more common for people to be living in a neighborhood designated as one of "extreme poverty," meaning it has a poverty rate of 40% or more. Here are the 10 places where poverty is concentrating the fastest:

  1. Bakersfield, Calif.
  2. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.
  3. Toledo, Ohio
  4. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.
  5. Fresno, Calif.
  6. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio and Pa.
  7. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
  8. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich.
  9. Tucson, Ariz.
  10. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
Click for the full list and complete explanation of the rankings. (Read more poverty stories.)

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