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Where does your state fall on the poverty index?

* 1. Detroit, 33.3% in poverty
* 2. Cleveland, 30.5% in poverty
* 3. Buffalo, 30.3% in poverty
* 4. Newark, 26.1% in poverty
* 5. Miami, 25.6% in poverty
* 6. Fresno, 25.5% in poverty
* 7. Cincinnati, 25.1% in poverty
* 8. Toledo, 24.7% in poverty
* 9. El Paso, 24.3% in poverty
* 10. Philadelphia, 24.1% in poverty
* 11. Milwaukee, 23.4% in poverty
* 12. Memphis, 23.1% in poverty
* 13. St. Louis, 22.9% in poverty
* 14. Dallas, 22.6% in poverty
* 14. New Orleans, 22.6% in poverty
* 16. Atlanta, 22.4% in poverty
* 17. Stockton, Calif., 21.6% in poverty
* 18. Minneapolis, 21.3% in poverty
* 19. Pittsburgh, 21.2% in poverty
* 20. Tucson, 20.9% in poverty

See link below for 21-75. This must be more of Obama at work, right?


Asked by NotPanicking at 11:39 AM on Sep. 29, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (28)
  • In a word. YES. And I'm NOT going to hide behind anon button.

    Answer by starrsun at 11:51 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:40 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • my state wasn't listed

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 11:42 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • I live in between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, so is my city poor by association?


    Answer by IhartU at 11:48 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Wow, those are really interesting. Just from hearing the names alone, I wouldn't automatically think "OMG POOR PEOPLE LIVE THERE!" I usually associate half of those with the big wigs and businessmen and rich people that live there. Sad, right?

    And *fingersnap* I was hoping NC wouldn't be on the list, but Greensboro is #46, and Charlotte is #62.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 11:55 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Well, Detroit's in my state and it's #1.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 11:59 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • not on there..

    Answer by gammie at 12:06 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • My state isn't on there either.

    BTW, this information was put together in 2008. So if you wanted to blame a president (which I don't think is logical) it wouldn't be Obama.

    From the article:
    The 2008 American Community Survey found that 30.3 percent of the people living in Buffalo were beneath the federal poverty line last year.


    Answer by Jafra_mommy at 12:21 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • I live in Ohio. 4 of our biggest cities are in the top 25 for highest poverty levels. Truly sad. I love this state. Born here.Lived all over. Blessed that the military brought us back here. We hate to leave when hubby retires from the military, but the jobs just aren't here.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:39 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • I own 2 homes in 2 states and split my time.
    1 home is in Chicago, #21 on the list. The second home is in a city not on the list.
    I have lived in San Francisco and Sacramento which are both on the list, and I worked in Oakland, CA for 20 years, and it is also on the list.

    Funny, in the areas I have lived, within the cities on the list, all are very upscale. Even Oakland, CA has an extremely toney part of town with many, many highly educated ppl in fields across the spectrum. The Oakland Hills are beautiful and quite popular.

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:55 PM on Sep. 29, 2009