America’s 10 Poorest Cities: Do You See a Trend?


ABC News (Obama Certified as a “real news” organization) has reported on research conducted by to pinpoint America’s poorest cities. Data was pulled for the 2008 census, so the numbers aren’t entirely up to date, but they do represent a good snapshot of where things stand.

Here’s the list in no particular order:

  • Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Albany, Georgia
  • Macon, Georgia
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • El Centro, California
  • Yuma, Arizona
  • Saginaw, Michigan
  • Flint, Michigan

When I see lists like this, I start to wonder what is it that put these cities in the economic toilet? McAllen, Brownsville, Yuma, and El Centro have immigration (legal and illegal) issues and many of those on the census are literally here with nothing but the shirt on their back. Also, Midwest manufacturing has taken a hit, so I can see Michigan as well.

But there’s got to be something more. What could it be? I wonder…

Here’s the list again, but with a little research on the political affiliation of the city mayors.

  • Pine Bluff, Arkansas, (D)
  • Albany, Georgia, (D)
  • Macon, Georgia, (D)
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina, (unknown)
  • McAllen, Texas, (unknown)
  • Brownsville, Texas, (D)
  • El Centro, California, (D)
  • Yuma, Arizona, (R)
  • Saginaw, Michigan, (D)
  • Flint, Michigan, (D)

 Hmm. Now that’s something. Now, it’s not fair to say that democrats run their city, county, state, and national governments into the ground based on this sampling alone. I don’t have knowledge of who proceeded the current mayors in office, their ability to effect government and cost controls, and other factors.

 Still, it’s kinda interesting. 

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13 Responses to America’s 10 Poorest Cities: Do You See a Trend?

  1. RUDE JUDE says:

    Hmmmm. Gee Whiz, Wally. Ya think they’d catch on to what’s killing these poor cities? Social justice indeed.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    I wonder if they are poor because they are Democrats or Democrats because they are poor. Not that it matters. They are Democrats and they are poor and that probably won’t change.

  3. RUDE JUDE says:

    It’s like “hello! McFly!! When will “they” ever get it?

  4. Bman says:

    I lived in Saginaw, MI for a couple of years back when I was playing hockey. The family I lived with were hardcore republicans, (Republicans in Michigan? Weird). This was back when I was 18 and didn’t give a rip about politics and such. The dad of the family, Mike, was a floor foreman at the power steering gear plant. Anyway, I was living there back in ’92 when Clinton won the election, and I remember Mike saying, “Fuckin A Christ! What a sad, sad day for America!” I wonder what he is saying now?

    By the way, Saginaw was a complete SHITHOLE! I learned very quickly not to be on the east side of the Shiawassee River after dark…..

  5. AgentTruth says:

    If this guy is right, not only is Mayor David W. Combs of Rocky Mount, NC a Democrat, but he is also a John Edwards donor. I wonder if his donation money was given to Rielle Hunter…

  6. AgentTruth says:

    I’m sorry…Here is the link

  7. Bill says:

    The list reminds me of this other list. I don’t know how valid it is but I’ve seen it on 2-3 different sites:

    Here are the ‘Top 10’ cities and states for people living below the poverty level:

    1) Detroit, MI 32.5%
    2) Buffalo, NY 29.9%
    3) Cincinnati, OH 27.8%
    4) Cleveland, OH 27%
    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%
    (source: US Census Bureau – 2006)

    What do all of these cities have in common?

    Detroit hasn’t elected a Republican Mayor since 1961.
    Buffalo hasn’t elected a Republican Mayor since 1954.
    Cincinnati hasn’t elected a Republican Mayor since 1984
    Cleveland? Not since 1989
    Miami has NEVER elected a Republican Mayor
    St. Louis? Not since 1949.
    El Paso has NEVER elected a Republican Mayor
    Milwaukee? Not since 1908.
    Philadelphia? Not since 1952
    Newark? Not since 1907

  8. Jim 22 says:

    I think we are laying this at the feet of the wrong group. It’s not Democrats. It’s not Republicans. It’s Progressives. Many Prog’s are Dem’s but not all. Witness Olympia Snowe, John McCain, etc.

    If you look at the first list the mayors are not all Dem’s. My guess is if we saw a list of the 25 poorest cities we’d see a pretty good list of Progressives of both party.

    Better than a list of the poorest cities we should be looking at other things. Things like the highest unemployment, if you can get accurate figures, most corrupt, or which cities receive the most federal money per capita.

  9. Roy Ryder says:

    I agree with Jim 22. It’s not Democrats so much as it’s liberals (progressives, tin-foil hat crowd, etc.) who drive government into the ground. Although most liberals identify as democrats, Jim 22 makes a good point that not all do. I don’t have a problem with democrats that aren’t raving moonbat liberals, but the current make-up of the leadership of the democrat party makes the number of likable democrats in the single digits.

    Also, I should reiterate that my short research is obviously unscientific, but where there is smoke, there’s fire. Just as in a previous post I showed that the majority of states in economic decline were led by democrats, it’s wothwhile to see the trend line.

    Lastly, if the list were republicans, I’d have posted that as well. Good governance isn’t related to party, but to quality individuals worthy of the public’s support. Although the current administration’s fiscal antics are massive in comparison, the republican-dominated congress under Bush spent money like crackwhores on welfare check day.

  10. Jimmy Bob says:

    As one who lives in Pine Bluff (20 years), our mayors have no political affiliation when they run. We currently have our first black mayor, but the city has been poor, poor, poor when I got here, and it is poor, poor, poor now. Three out of four High Schools get failing grades, two of them in the D- range. People around here are into drugs, teen pregnancy, and not into bettering their lives through education and/or hard work (for the most part)

  11. Jim 22 says:


    How much Federal money does Pine Bluff Arkansas get each year from the feds? Where does it go?

  12. Conservative 1 says:

    What retarded logic. A democratic mayor equals a poor city? What about NYC? Are these mayors men? Maybe it because they are men? Are these cities residents educated, mostly minority, poorly situated for industrial growth?

    How ignorant to try draw a nexus from this correlation. That is like saying when more ice cream is consumed more crimes are committed… while this is a true statement it does not prove that one causes the other. Ice cream consumption goes up in the warmer months when windows and doors are more likely to be open presenting an opportunity for the would be thief.

    Grow UP

  13. MadBrad says:

    Okay “Conservative” let’s put it another way…

    People looking for handouts migrate to where they are available. People who spend their lives looking for handouts believe that they should be allowed to live at the expense of others. A majority of people looking for handouts engage in a variety of criminal activities as well as behavioral patterns that create additional financial burdens for the governments where they live.

    Does that make it more understandable to you?

    Still confused? If yes, try this experiment…

    Take a sheet of aluminum foil, tear off small pieces of it and ball them up into marble sized balls. Go to your nearest Zoo and find a cage full of Monkeys. Pull out ONE aluminum ball and see how many Monkeys will run to and stick their hands through the cage trying to grab it. Keep giving out shiney balls of aluminum foil until each monkey has one, then see if that is enough to satisfy them. When it isn’t, observe the violence that follows.

    Take the camcorder and report back with your findings.