10 Poorest Cities in America

10 Poorest Cities in America and how did it happen

City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

1. Detroit, MI      32.5%
2. Buffalo, NY      29.9%
3. Cincinnati, OH   27.8%
4. Cleveland, OH    27.0%
5. Miami, FL        26.9%
6. St. Louis, MO    26.8%
7. El Paso, TX      26.4%
8. Milwaukee, WI    26.2%
9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%
10. Newark, NJ      24.2%

U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007

What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) 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 one since 1954
Cincinnati, OH – (3rd)… since 1984
Cleveland, OH – (4th)…  since 1989
Miami, FL – (5th) has never  had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO – (6th)… since 1949
El Paso, TX – (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee , WI – (8th)… since 1908
Philadelphia, PA – (9th)… since 1952
Newark, NJ – (10th)… since 1907.

Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’