A tale of two groups of cities

Posted: 16 October 2012 in Uncategorized

The story of the United States has become a tale of two groups of cities: rich and poor.

According to a recent report by NBC news [ht: ja], the gulf between the richest and poorest cities (based on metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, with the highest and lowest median household incomes) is enormous.

Here are the 10 richest cities:

1. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va.

  • Median household income: $86,680
  • Population: 5,703,948 (seventh highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 5.8 percent (29th lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 8.3 percent (fifth lowest)

 

2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

  • Median household income: $84,012
  • Population: 1,865,450 (31st highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 9.9 percent (105th highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 10.6 percent (21st lowest)

 

3. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.

  • Median household income: $77,289
  • Population: 925,899 (56th highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 8.2 percent (163rd lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 9.4 percent (13th lowest)

 

4. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.

  • Median household income: $74,623
  • Population: 831,771 (63rd highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 10.1% (93rd highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 11.3% (32nd lowest)

 

5. Trenton-Ewing, N.J.

  • Median household income: $73,890
  • Population: 367,063(140th highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 7.7% (123rd lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 11.4% (34th lowest)

 

6. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.

  • Median household income: $71,975
  • Population: 4,391,037 (11th highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 9.4% (127th highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 11.9% (45th lowest)

 

7. Anchorage, Alaska

  • Median household income: $71,700
  • Population: 387,516 (133rd highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 6.7% (63rd lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 8.7% (6th lowest)

 

8. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H.

  • Median household income: $69,455
  • Population: 4,591,112 (10th highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 6.6% (55th lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 10.7% (22nd lowest)

 

9. Boulder, Colo.

  • Median household income: $68,637
  • Population: 299,378 (158th highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 6.2% (45th lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 14.1% (100th lowest)

 

10. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown N.Y. 

  • Median household income: $66,734
  • Population: 672,871 (79th highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 7.6% (116th lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 12.2% (49th lowest)

 

And here are the 10 poorest cities:

1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

  • Median household income: $31,077
  • Population: 797,810 (68th highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 12 percent (34th highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 37.7 percent (the highest)

 

2. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas

  • Median household income: $32,070
  • Population: 414,123 (124th highest)
  • Unemployment rate: 11.8 percent (36th highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 34.1 percent (second highest)

 

3. Valdosta, Ga.

  • Median household income: $32,446
  • Population: 140,599 (87th lowest)
  • Unemployment rate: 9.2 percent(140th highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 27.6 percent (ninth highest)

 

4. Albany, Ga.

  • Median household income: $32,775
  • Population: 161,617 (122nd lowest)
  • Unemployment rate: 10.4% (77th highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 28.4% (7th highest)

 

5. Gadsden, Ala.

  • Median household income: $33,313
  • Population: 104,303 (29th lowest)
  • Unemployment rate: 9.1% (144th highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 21.0% (47th highest)

 

6. Monroe, La.

  • Median household income: $34,036
  • Population: 177,651 (138th lowest)
  • Unemployment rate: 7.7% (123rd lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 27.9% (8th highest)

 

7. Hot Springs, Ark.

  • Median household income: $34,251
  • Population: 97,124 (18th lowest)
  • Unemployment rate: 8.3% (173rd lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 21.8% (37th highest)

 

8. Jonesboro, Ark.

  • Median household income: $34,673
  • Population: 121,569 (55th lowest)
  • Unemployment rate: 7.6% (116th lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 22.5% (33rd highest)

 

9. Cumberland, Md.- W. Va.

  • Median household income: $34,819
  • Population: 102,884 (28th lowest)
  • Unemployment rate: 8.2% (163rd lowest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 19.2% (88th highest)

 

10. Morristown, Tenn.

  • Median household income: $35,027
  • Population: 137,494 (81st lowest)
  • Unemployment rate: 11.0% (52nd highest)
  • Percent households below poverty line: 20.0% (68th highest)
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Comments
  1. Cornelius says:

    Seems the poorest ones also vote Republican. :(

  2. NJ jobs says:

    It seems as though this list has changed. NJ used to have both the richest and poorest ranking. The poverty certainly hasn’t gone away. We have the lowest employment rate, or close to it. NJ demonstrates the class gap exquisitely.

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