Cities with the highest poverty rates

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    Editor’s note: This story originally appeared on Self.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government pumped unprecedented financial relief to American households to help stave off a potential economic disaster.

    From expanding social safety net programs like unemployment insurance and grocery stamps to multiple rounds of direct payments, the numerous aid packages that Congress made over the past year have helped put many households on better financial footing.

    An early analysis of these policies shows that one of the groups that will benefit most from these relief efforts are the poverty-stricken citizens of America. A recent report from the Urban Institute estimates that the poverty rate in America will fall to 7.7% in 2021 as a result of these investments, which would be the lowest it has ever been.

    This decline in the poverty rate would represent an acceleration of a more gradual trend that has taken place in recent years. The poverty rate rose to almost 16% in the wake of the Great Recession in 2007-2009.

    By 2019, after a steady but slow economic recovery over the past decade, the poverty rate had fallen to 12.3%. But while general trends are encouraging, that number still represents roughly 40 million Americans, and poverty hits some populations harder than others.

    To find the cities with the highest poverty rates, Self’s researchers analyzed data from the US> Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The researchers examined the poverty rates for all cities with at least 100,000 inhabitants and collected data on the percentage and number of people living in poverty overall, as well as on children and racial or ethnic minorities.

    Here are the cities with the highest poverty rates.

    15. Dallas, TX

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    • Overall poverty rate: 17.5%
    • Child poverty rate: 27.8%
    • Minority poverty rate: 21.5%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 232.209
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 91.035
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 203.210

    14. El Paso, TX

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    • Overall poverty rate: 18.6%
    • Child poverty rate: 26.9%
    • Minority poverty rate: 19.7%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 125.140
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 47,771
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 116.228

    13. Tulsa, OK

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    • Overall poverty rate: 18.6%
    • Child poverty rate: 27.1%
    • Minority poverty rate: 27.0%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 73,586
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 26,546
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 48,805

    12. Tucson, AZ

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    • Overall poverty rate: 19.1%
    • Child poverty rate: 25.8%
    • Minority poverty rate: 22.0%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 99,524
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 27,709
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 67,414

    11. Houston, TX

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    • Overall poverty rate: 19.7%
    • Child poverty rate: 28.9%
    • Minority poverty rate: 23.3%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 449.733
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 163.139
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 408,445

    10. Baltimore, MD

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    • Overall poverty rate: 20.2%
    • Child poverty rate: 30.5%
    • Minority poverty rate: 24.0%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 115,472
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 35,834
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 99,772

    9. Atlanta, GA

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    • Overall poverty rate: 20.2%
    • Child poverty rate: 34.9%
    • Minority poverty rate: 28.7%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 95.034
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 29,729
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 82.132

    8. Miami, FL

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    • Overall poverty rate: 20.3%
    • Child poverty rate: 25.6%
    • Minority poverty rate: 22.2%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 94.209
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 20,409
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 89.054

    7. Memphis, TN

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    • Overall poverty rate: 21.7%
    • Child poverty rate: 35.0%
    • Minority poverty rate: 26.0%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 137.977
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 53,531
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 122,624

    6. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    • Overall poverty rate: 22.4%
    • Child poverty rate: 32.6%
    • Minority poverty rate: 27.4%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 128,555
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 47,314
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 103.372

    5. New Orleans, LA

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    • Overall poverty rate: 23.2%
    • Child poverty rate: 33.1%
    • Minority poverty rate: 29.2%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 88,044
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 25,143
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 76,819

    4. Fresno, California

    Fresno, California
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    • Overall poverty rate: 23.2%
    • Child poverty rate: 32.2%
    • Minority poverty rate: 26.7%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 121.007
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 46.993
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 102,304

    3. Philadelphia, PA

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    • Overall poverty rate: 23.3%
    • Child poverty rate: 32.1%
    • Minority poverty rate: 28.8%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 359.011
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 106.909
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 292,706

    2. Detroit, Michigan

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    • Overall poverty rate: 30.6%
    • Child poverty rate: 43.2%
    • Minority poverty rate: 30.7%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 201,766
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 70.713
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 182.035

    1. Cleveland, Ohio

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    • Overall poverty rate: 30.8%
    • Child poverty rate: 46.1%
    • Minority poverty rate: 36.3%
    • Total population below the poverty line: 114,309
    • Total number of children below the poverty line: 37,664
    • Total number of minority residents below the poverty line: 91,786

    methodology

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    Age, race, and time course poverty rates come from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

    To find out which places have the highest poverty rates, the researchers examined the overall poverty rate for all cities with at least 100,000 inhabitants.

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