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WalletHub tracks poverty, homelessness

Hunger, poverty and homelessness affect every nation — even the richest and most powerful. According to Feeding America, food insecurity plagues every U.S. county, with 37 million individuals lacking access to adequate food; 11.8 percent of the U.S. population lives in poverty. And in the absence of more affordable housing or accommodations provided by relatives or friends, many must take to the streets or shelters. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, shows that nearly 553,000 people — many of them children — had been homeless at one point in January 2018.

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.

Neediest Cities

 1. Detroit, MI 11. Atlanta, GA
 2. Cleveland, OH 12. Los Angeles, CA
 3. New Orleans, LA 13. Gulfport, MS
 4. Brownsville, TX 14. Baltimore, MD
 5. Jackson, MS 15. Indianapolis, IN
 6. Newark, NJ 16. Fresno, CA
 7. St. Louis, MO 17. Richmond, VA
 8. Philadelphia, PA  18. Augusta, GA
 9. Memphis, TN 19. Shreveport, LA
10. Birmingham, AL 20. San Bernardino, CA

Key Stats

  • Fremont, California, has the lowest child poverty rate, 3.90 percent, which is 14 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 54.50 percent.
 
  • Pearl City, Hawaii, has the lowest adult poverty rate, 4.03 percent, which is eight times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 32.30 percent.
 
  • Overland Park, Kansas, has the fewest homeless persons (per 1,000 residents), 0.29, which is 47.9 times fewer than in Fresno, California, the city with the most at 13.88.
 
  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.50 percent, which is 7.4 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 11.10 percent.
 
  • Pearl City, Hawaii, has the lowest share of uninsured residents, 2.80 percent, which is 11.4 times lower than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the highest at 31.90 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: 
https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-highest-and-lowest-population-in-need/8795/

 

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