Poorest City in Every State

Poverty is a serious issue, and it can be seen in every nation in the world. Even the richest countries have issues with poverty. Despite being one of the greatest nations in the world, the United States of America has an issue with poverty.

According to the New York Times, the United States has one of the highest poverty rates in the world among wealthy nations at 1.7% of the total population. That’s a pretty substantial number. Only Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece have high populations of poverty-stricken citizens, and none of them are even close to America’s wealth.

With that being said, some states are poorer than others. For example, the southern states have a much more disparaging population than the northern states. The income is much lower and often below the national poverty line. We’re taking a look at the poorest cities in each state based on their poverty rate.

As a note, some of the states were college towns, which we know may seem incorrect. Considering poverty is largely invisible among college students, we found it important to include the cities where the majority of the people lived below the poverty line whether they're students or not. Additionally, the amount of debt is increasing among college students, which can potentially keep them below the poverty rate as they attempt to pay it off.

All sources and figures were obtained via Data USA and the United States Census.

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