Top 10 US Cities with the Highest Poverty Rates

What do the top ten cities with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

  • Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961
  • Buffalo , NY (2nd) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1954
  • Cincinnati, OH (3rd)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1984
  • Cleveland, OH (4th)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1989
  • Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor
  • St. Louis, MO (6th)….hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1949
  • El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
  • Milwaukee, WI (8th)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1908
  • Philadelphia, PA (9th)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1952
  • Newark, NJ(10th)…hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1907
Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’
It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats — yet are still disadvantaged.

12 thoughts on “Top 10 US Cities with the Highest Poverty Rates”

  1. Where is the documentation for this? I would like to know so that I can present the facts to my left of center friends who seem to think that everything wrong in this country is a result of republican philosophy. I myself try to be fair with facts, and I even bash people that I support when they get it wrong. The problem with most people is that they take hearsay as facts without the due diligence of proof and make fools out of themselves in the process…this is good stuff if we can prove it! BTW, I am not saying this is false; I just like to have backup just to silence my opponents…

  2. its a quantum leap to assume the mayor has such an impact on poverty. interesting statistic but their is a bit more going on in those areas. The most frightening thing is I had heard Los Angeles has at least 90000 homeless and its not even on the list. Personally I dont like homeless people pushing carts down my streets, so what then is wrong with a little socialism for the poor instead of the rich? Maybe if we actually spent some money on education in this country we wouldnt have so many homeless, jobless, jailed, ignorant people. PS. can we start with our country and our people..Please

  3. Sources for City Poverty Rankings.

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Campaign for Human Development used these statistics and cited the U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007

    Glen Beck, CNN show host used these sttistics and cites the ranking by percentage of the city’s population below the federal poverty level. The city rankings come from the U.S Census Bureau.

  4. Is this a true statistic or is it something that Eric (whoever) made up? And can someone find a similar statistic to prove the oposite?

  5. A couple of points to consider regarding these “Top Ten Cities” statistics.

    1. The largest concentration of the poor is concentrated in large cities in the homeless and ethnic (e.g., black/Hispanic) populations. For decades the socioeconomic condtion of these groups has continued to decline. The Democratic governments have promised in the election perods to address these problems. Yet, the problem only gets worse.

    These “poor” groups are in part to blame for their conditon because they routinely vote (over 90%) for the Democrats that have not previouly fulfilled their coampign promises. If the black and Hispanic populations were to rise up and hold the Democrats “accountable” and vote Republican in the next election, or vica versa, just watch how quickly pro-active change would begin to happen.

    Secondly, there are differences between liberal (Democratic) and conservative (Republican) economic philososophies, so which party we elect does potentailly have economic consequences. One of the most striking examples was Mayor Lindsey that drove New York City to the brink of bankruptcy several decades back. There are cities with Democratic mayors that are run very efficently, e.g., Chicago.

  6. A couple of points to consider regarding these “Top Ten Cities” statistics.

    1. The largest concentration of the poor is concentrated in large cities in the homeless and ethnic (e.g., black/Hispanic) populations. For decades the socioeconomic condtion of these groups has continued to decline. The Democratic governments have promised in the election perods to address these problems. Yet, the problem only gets worse.

    These “poor” groups are in part to blame for their conditon because they routinely vote (over 90%) for the Democrats that have not previouly fulfilled their campaign promises. If the black and Hispanic populations were to rise up and hold the Democrats “accountable” and vote Republican in the next election, or vica versa, just watch how quickly pro-active change would begin to happen.

    Secondly, there are differences between liberal (Democratic) and conservative (Republican) economic philososophies, so which party we elect does potentally have economic consequences. One of the most striking examples was Mayor Lindsey that drove New York City to the brink of bankruptcy several decades back. There are cities with Democratic mayors that are run very efficently, e.g., Chicago.

  7. Common theme between all these cities….they are in the US…president for the past 8 years….George Bush aka Republican

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