America's 10 Poorest Cities

America's road to economic recovery has been long and slow -- and uneven. Some parts of the country are doing a lot worse than others. It's a pattern that shows up in the unemployment numbers, poverty rates, and of course foreclosures. But if you want a quick, simple gauge of how any part of the U.S. is doing economically, just look at its median household income.

Even when you factor in cost-of-living differences, it's clear: Those who live in the metropolitan areas with the lowest median household incomes are doing significantly worse than their fellow citizens. Five of the 10 cities with the highest poverty rates also are among the 10 cities with lowest median income, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Many are in Appalachia, which has historically struggled with poverty and where heavy industry has been in decline. Others are concentrated along the U.S.-Mexico border, where joblessness and high poverty rates go hand in hand.

These are the poorest cities in America.


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Sam

The population of Cumberland, MD is only around 20,000. The entire population of Allegany county in Maryland is only around 75,000. I guess 103,000 for the population as stated on this site is also counting areas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania? I'm not saying Cumberland isn't poor as dirt... I'm just curious where the data came from.

April 28 2012 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyndi

I live in Cumberland and its so hard to make ends meet.Our local economy has suffered for years,with no industry and education here makes no difference.

January 09 2012 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janswizz

I see you like to twist the facts Mr. Evan so you go ahead and believe what you want. Have a great evening, I hope you learn to see the situation from both sides. A better education would help you to improve on that.

October 23 2011 at 11:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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democracks0

EVAN STRUGGLES EVERY YEAR TO MAKE IT OUT OF KINDERGARTEN. HE PROBABLY CAN'T EVEN READ WHAT YOU POSTED. EVAN CAN'T DEFEND OBAMA SO HE ATTACKS REPUBLICANS, THE TEA PARTY AND ANYONE ELSE WHO DISAGREES WITH HIS TWISTED VIEWS.

EVAN IS HYSTERICAL RIGHT NOW BECAUSE HIS HERO OBAMA IS A CATACLYSMIC FAILURE.

October 24 2011 at 12:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
DRILLER

Amazing, isnt it ?
numbers 1,3,7,10 just happen to be the cities with the largest illegal populations in the united states.
mayors who dont support deportation of Illegals and oppose the border fence in its Entirety.

October 23 2011 at 10:43 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
tomgold125

I wish I was a 1%'r or even a 10%'r . But still don't believe the govt should take away the fruits of there
labor or the incentives. I bet George is a big time marxist like his prez.

October 23 2011 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janswizz

I think you are in serious denial Mr. Evan, I hope you see the light before it's too late.

October 23 2011 at 10:34 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
savemycountry911

The only ones left who support Obama just want something for nothing. What do you want evan? Welfare, I'll bet.

October 23 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
savemycountry911

We need a real president and first lady who love this country. The Obama's hate it.

October 23 2011 at 10:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
savemycountry911

We will be digging out from under Obama's mess for a century and the lunatic left will still blame Bush.

October 23 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tomgold125

Hey George, Obama's only chance is to do away with elections which is a good possibility. With
as fast as Obama is bringing the country down he may try it. His plan was to always bring the country down.

October 23 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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savemycountry911

He wants to be King.

October 23 2011 at 10:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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savemycountry911

He is king of the fools.

October 23 2011 at 10:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
tomgold125

He wants to be a Castro

October 23 2011 at 10:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down