The 10 US Cities Where Poverty Hits Hard

Texas claims 4 of them
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2018 9:20 AM CDT
The 10 US Cities Where Poverty Hits Hard
Texas claims four cities out of the 10 with the highest poverty rates.   (Getty Images/KatarzynaBialasiewicz)

Last year, 13.4% of all Americans lived below the poverty line—a 0.6-percentage point drop from 2016. But many pockets in the US still struggle, and 24/7 Wall St. mined data from the US Census Bureau to see which metropolitan areas are dealing with the highest poverty rates. Out of the nearly 400 metro areas the site looked at, 38 of them claim at least 20% of their residents living in poverty, defined in the lower 48 as having an income below $28,100 for a family of four. The Lone Star State is hit especially hard. Here, the 10 metro areas that fared the worst:

  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas; 30%
  2. Las Cruces, NM; 28.1%
  3. Laredo, Texas; 28.0%
  4. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas; 27.9%
  5. Valdosta, Ga.; 26%
  6. Farmington, NM; 24.8%
  7. Albany, Ga.; 24.7%
  8. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.; 24.6%
  9. College Station-Bryan, Texas; 24.6%
  10. Monroe, La.; 24.3%
Check out the full list here. (The 10 neediest US cities.)

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