10 Neediest US Cities

Detroit and Cleveland top the list
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2017 12:05 PM CST
10 Neediest US Cities
Cleveland ranks as the second-neediest city in this new survey.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

A new survey by WalletHub crunches economic data on more than 180 US cities to rank them in terms of neediness. More specifically, the ranking takes into account factors such as child poverty, hunger, and uninsured rates, then bestows an overall score (the lower the better). The 10 neediest cities:

  1. Detroit, 64.85
  2. Cleveland, 58.85
  3. Newark, NJ, 54.43
  4. Memphis, 54.19
  5. Jackson, Miss., 53.58
  6. Atlanta, 53.44
  7. Fresno, Calif., 52.84
  8. Los Angeles, 52.78
  9. St. Louis, 52.44
  10. Indianapolis, 52.32
The least needy cities follow:

Least needy cities:

  1. Bismarck, ND, 29.10
  2. Fremont, Calif., 28.83
  3. Gilbert, Ariz., 28.41
  4. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 27.34
  5. Plano, Texas, 26.62
  6. Huntington Beach, Calif., 26.46
  7. Overland Park, Kan., 26.28
  8. Irvine, Calif., 26.14
  9. Pearl City, Hawaii, 26.13
  10. Columbia, Md., 25.98
Click for the full rankings and lots of other breakdowns of the results. (Read more Detroit stories.)

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