Barely making ends meet: the poorest cities in different states of the USA
The new economic reality of income reduction - and even poverty - is already too familiar to many Americans in many parts of the United States. For decades, small towns across the country have been devastated by deindustrialization and job losses. In these places, incomes are usually low, poverty is high, and many residents depend on government assistance to meet basic needs. Edition USA Today collected a selection of the poorest cities in the United States.
In almost every state, even in relatively wealthy states, there is at least one city where incomes are much lower than the national average. After analyzing the average annual income in more than 2600 cities, towns, villages and places indicated in the census, the poorest city in the state was identified.
Only areas with a population of 1 to 000 were considered. To ensure accuracy, only those places were considered where the margin of error for the population and average income was less than 25%. All data on income, education, poverty and demographics are five-year estimates from a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 000.
One of the strongest income correlations in the United States is education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans with a bachelor's degree are much less likely to be unemployed than Americans with a lower level of education, and they earn 67% more than those with only a high school diploma. In the whole country, 31,5% of adults have a bachelor's degree.
California: Orange Cove
- Median income: $ 25 (state: $ 660)
- Poverty rate: 47,8% (state: 14,3%)
- Median home value: $ 129 (state: $ 000)
- Population: 9 564
Orange Cove is a small town with a population of approximately 9. A typical family here earns only $ 600 a year, which is about a third of the state’s average household income of $ 25 and less than half of the national indicator of $ 660.
Florida: Avon Park
- Median income: $ 30 (state: $ 675)
- Poverty rate: 33% (state: 14,8%)
- Median home value: $ 68 (state: $ 400)
- Population: 10 386
Avon Park is the poorest city in Florida and one of the poorest cities in the United States. A city located in the center of the state, it is home to about 10 people, the average family income is only $ 000, which is significantly lower than the statewide average of $ 30, and about half the national average income. In addition, almost a third of the region’s inhabitants live below the poverty line, which is more than double the poverty level both in the state and in the country.
Property prices in Avon Park reflect the district’s low income. A typical house in the area costs only $ 68 - less than half the cost of a typical house in the state at $ 400.
- Median income: $ 32 (state: $ 335)
- Poverty rate: 22,3% (state: 13,1%)
- Median home value: $ 47 (state: $ 600)
- Population: 1 792
Most families in the small western city of Illinois Rudhouse earn less than $ 33 a year. Meanwhile, most households in the state as a whole earn more than $ 000 a year. With a low average household income, the concentration of poverty at Rudhouse is much higher than average. The poverty level in the city is 63%, which is significantly higher than both the state poverty level of 000% and the US level of 22,3%.
New Jersey: Crestwood Village
- Median household income: $ 28 (state: $ 708)
- Poverty rate: 10,4% (state: 10,4%)
- Median home value: $ 72 (state: $ 700)
- Population: 8 164
Although New Jersey has low-income areas, including Atlantic City and Camden, Crestwood Village is the state’s poorest city with less than 25 inhabitants. A typical Crestwood Village family earns only $ 000 a year, which is much less than half of the average state income of $ 28.
In Crestwood Village, the poverty rate is 10,4%, which corresponds to the poverty rate in New Jersey.
New York: New Square
- Median income: $ 23 (state: $ 578)
- Poverty rate: 63,3% (state: 14,6%)
- Median home value: $ 376 (state: $ 400)
- Population: 8 133
New Square is a Hasidic Jewish village located in Rockland County, about 25 miles (40 km) north of downtown Manhattan. According to the Census Bureau, a typical family in this town earns only $ 23 a year, the smallest of all similar sizes in New York State and less than half of the state’s average household income of $ 578.
Despite low incomes, a typical New Square home costs $ 376 - far more than the average home price of $ 400.
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