America's poorest and richest cities

Want to live among the wealthy? California or the Northeast is the place for you. Look to the South to find communities at the other end of the pay scale.

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Oct 5, 2012 9:26AM
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why don't you just post the list instead of the stupid slow band width hog slide show? 
Oct 5, 2012 3:49PM
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I'll do anything it takes to provide for my family. I went to school full time with a full time job and it's starting to pay off. I didn't borrow a penny.  Before that I always had two jobs, hell, I still have two jobs. If I didn't choose school I'd do three jobs. My point is if you're going to make a difference then there'll  be the sacrificing a lot of sleep and periods of feeling discouraged. But if I was able to do it, anyone can. If there isn't any work near you, MOVE to where there is. Do whatever it takes to pull your butt out of the crap and you'll feel so much better you did. Or be lazy and don't. 
Oct 5, 2012 2:03PM
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So our politicians are the wealthiest Americans? I thought it was those other darn rich people?
Oct 5, 2012 3:38PM
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No.1: Washington, D.C.-Alexandria-Arlington, Va.

No wonder, that's where all the rich politicians live.
Oct 5, 2012 4:07PM
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The middle class went out with the millions of manufacturing jobs shipped to China.  Go buy most anything, and its made in China, and by the way, its all JUNK. Plus you dont know if its counterfeit or not.We have sold ourselves to the Devil, and the Devil is CHINA!
Oct 5, 2012 2:36PM
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What a stupid article ....did you compare tax structures say between Alabama and California ?? it takes twice as much to live in California as it does anywhere in the south, property Taxes, Sales Taxes, State Income Taxes on and on, some wet behind the ears journalists decide to write a piece that just doesn't take into account anything other than Income ... I'm not saying People aren't better off in one state vs another but when gasoline alone is over a dollar a gallon more in California than else where you need to look at the bottom line .... Ohhh to Hell with it, everyone knows people are leaving Little Mexico (California) in droves because its such a wonderful crap hole to live in ...

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There are jobs  out there, but some people refuse to take one paying less than they earned after being laid off.  I don't blame then, but when you have to put food on the table, pay bills, keep a roof over your head..........come on.........go get one of those jobs, it beats sleeping on the sleep or  lowering an already low self from not having a high paying job.  Be thankful for what you get until things get better, which will happen.
Oct 5, 2012 12:37PM
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They recently posted "The best states to retire in."  Of course they picked those with the highest cost of living.


Oct 5, 2012 1:56PM
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Why are people from California and the North East moving to Texas and the south?  Please, stay away.
Oct 5, 2012 2:25PM
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Some of the wealthiest of these people got over a trillion dollars in bailouts 4 years ago.  Based on the median, that's 2 million jobs per year for 10 years.  Where did that money go?

Oct 5, 2012 9:07PM
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Washington DC. Strange that it has lots of politicians and senior public servants. Not a bad life for some.

Oct 5, 2012 2:09PM
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It appears to show how the state of the economy for the past 4 years has effected the lower-middle class much more than the rich.  Hopefully, the upcoming election will change that.
Oct 5, 2012 4:43PM
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This article is a classic example of using the word "statistics" and expecting everyone to accept the content as being relevant in any way.  Some others have referred to conflicting data points.  Try this one: Several of these states show massive continuing unemployment, household incomes, etc. Yet, the article states that the price of housing in these same places has increased. That's a good thing? Certainly begs the question: Who is buying theses houses and causing the price to increase? A quick assumption would be certainly not the newly and continuing unemployed residents of the area, who now are even further away from ownership.  I can only speak for myself, but I am not just tired, I'm damn tired of articles like this that **** on my head and tell me it's raining and don't even offer an umbrella!
Oct 5, 2012 1:31PM
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Why is it that the poorest states happen to be red states? What is it about those policies that keep the wealth gap so large between the poor and the rich? How is it that those people in the poorest states keep voting republican when clearly those people have done nothing to help them? Why do people vote against their best interest?
Oct 5, 2012 2:38PM
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 We're all convinced that MSNs bovine excretement is correct and believe every word of it.
Oct 9, 2012 4:50PM
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Poorest: Red states, those who consistently  vote against their own best interest and get poor educations, lousy pay and live in places owned and run by wealthy robber barons. 

Why does this remind me of the crazed Al Qaeda members who are so passionate about their "belief" system and yet remain in the dark ages and support  a bunch of war crazed criminals at the top?

Oct 5, 2012 1:47PM
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First of all, Oxnard, Ventrua IS NOT a part of Great Los Angeles, please make sure you have your facts correct before posting.  I have been a resident of Ventura, Oxnard, and Camarillo for 50 years and we

ARE NOT a part or even that close to Greater Los Angeles.

Oct 5, 2012 2:15PM
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The Bridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk stats are bogus - these are three different, and separate cities.  Bridgeport's economy - or lack thereof - should not be swept into this trio.  Bridgeport's stats on there own would show a city separated from the rest of whitebread Connecticut and the Gold Coast by racial segregation, extreme poverty, and unemployment.

Oct 5, 2012 4:04PM
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Unemployment drops to 44-month low to 7.8%
However, many are questioning the numbers due to “contradictory data points” such as the total employment level soaring but the low net number
Government says 873K people found work — but reports only 114K new jobs were added
Former GE CEO alleged fraud, sending a tweet saying “these Chicago guys will do anything”
Popular finance blog Zero Hedge even called it a “preelection ‘massaging’ farce”

In what will be one of the most influential jobs reports of the election season, unemployment fell from 8.1% to 7.8% in September, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The private sector added 114,000 new jobs in September.

Oct 7, 2012 7:09PM
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Where would my child get the best education?  Georgia or Connecticut.  Texas or Mass.?
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