When it comes to cities in America, huge disparities exist. Some are doing much better financially than others. There are a lot of cities today that are struggling economically and coming up short in a few areas.
WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 28 key indicators of economic disadvantage, such as child poverty, food insecurity and uninsured rates.
Since the departure of so much of the country’s automotive manufacturing, Detroit, MI, has been in decline. It’s now the poorest city in the country, with the most people in need, the worst economic situation, and one of the country’s lowest ratings of health and safety.
Like a lot of border towns, Brownsville, TX, is economically disadvantaged. With so many resources needed near the border, it’s no wonder that the city ranks so poorly among U.S. cities.
Sitting right on the Gulf of Mexico, Gulfport has a lot going for it. However, it also has a high rate of poverty. Among the residents of Gulfport, more than 25% live in poverty right now.
Cleveland has a lot to see and do, but it’s also financially struggling. The city ranks low in health and safety, and there is a lot of poverty in the city. It’s a difficult place to live for many people.
Another border town, Laredo, TX, is a place that doesn’t have many resources for residents. About 22.4% of the Laredo population is living in poverty.
Jackson, MS, suffers from much of what the rest of the state does- there just isn’t much there. There aren’t any major draws job-wise, and the population is highly rural.
Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi is another Texas town that isn’t fairing well. However, the city does have above-average schools and many things to do.
Little Rock, AR
The high crime rate and few resources available in Little Rock have led to many people fleeing the city. With a higher-than-average poverty rate, it isn’t getting any better at the moment.
In Augusta, GA, about 15% of the population is below the poverty line. While the city is scenic and has many amenities, the poverty rate is among the country’s highest.
There are a lot of smaller cities in California that aren’t doing well. The burden of an influx of immigrants has strained resources, and more than 20% of people in the city are below the poverty line.
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans gets a high number of tourists and tourist dollars, but much of the population lives in poverty. About 23% of this lively city’s residents live in poverty.
Fort Smith, AR
There isn’t much around Fort Smith, and there aren’t a lot of jobs. The city suffers from being highly rural and having about 20% of the people there under the poverty line.
This city once had a booming steel industry that kept the city booming. With much of that industry now gone, the city has suffered ever since.
More than 21% of the residents in Shreveport, LA, are living in poverty. The state of Louisiana has been economically depressed for a long time, and many cities like Shreveport have suffered because of it.
Los Angeles, CA
With the largest homeless population in the country, Los Angeles has a lot of people in poverty. The cost of living has skyrocketed in L.A., making it harder for people to get by.