America's richest and poorest cities

Tech-fueled San Jose, Calif., unseats the nation's capital as the richest metro area in the country, while McAllen, Texas is no longer the poorest.

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Oct 31, 2013 1:19PM
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Why is DETROIT not on this list?  They are in Bankruptcy, poverty rate is 65%, 85% are on some form of assistance, unemployment is at least 27%.  
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Thanksgiving is coming.  Remember how the Pilgrims had the Mayflower Compact, that said, each would receive an equal share of the production, regardless of effort and they starved for 2 years.  It wasn't until they decided it was more fair to allow each to reap the benefits of his/her own labor, that they prospered so much, they celebrated the first Thanksgiving.  Any City that promotes the takers and fails to focus on those that fill the coffers voluntarily from the fruits of their own labor, will fail financially. It's inevitable!
Oct 30, 2013 10:20AM
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It's too late for all of us. People this day in time are convinced the gov. should help people. It's been that way for too long. Now the gov. has over extended and quickly going down the tubes. There are too many people lined up for a check. When you rob Peter to pay Paul, Paul doesn't object. I'm talking about welfare for the rich and the poor! When someone gets something for nothing they don't respect it. There is and will always be poor people and continuous giving does not help them, it enables them. What ever happened to the American concept of pulling your **** up by the bootstraps and going to work? If people don't have to work, they won't. Why is that so hard to understand? These poor people are becoming victims of the "give them help" crowd. This may sound incredulous but in fact it's a paradox.
Oct 31, 2013 1:02PM
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I live in Texas, and it's so nice to see that our state has the poorest city in the U.S., and another in the top five...... both are "border" towns near the Mexican border.  The govenrment assistance spent on just those two cities is probably pretty substantial.  It should be mentioned though a lot of the immigrants from Mexico have jobs where they are paid in cash, which means its much undeclared income, and therefore not showing up in the statistical data.
Oct 29, 2013 10:26PM
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DC is number 2?  Literally I believe ha ha.  When your wealth is stashed over seas it is harder to find.  
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I'm not comfortable with the unemployment rates listed.  If they are using Government  figures, they are not talking about unemployed people, they are talking about people who are currently receiving unemployment benefits.  San Francisco is ripe with vagrants, homeless, gangs and people who are no longer employed, but the article lists them as having an unemployed rate of only 8.1%, a far cry from the close to 24% which is a more real number in that city.
Oct 31, 2013 2:19PM
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What a shame, i live in harlingen Texas, and let me tell you all we have is minium wage jobs nothing more. i work at a place called a.c.t a customer service center. i make 7.25 an hour no benefits nothing extra. my income is 13,920 a year i have four kids. this is far worse than proverty, what little food stamps we get do help. it amazes me that i hear that the goverment needs to give up on poor people. in  a way i guess they already have, we have no voice in the american polotical system. we the poor are the ones america forgot. i want to work at a better job i would love to own my own house, but making a little under 14,000 a year its impossible. most of you would say go to college but why? id have to find a way to pay for it without taking out student loans and then graduate to find i still cant get a good job and be right back where i started.  during our recent mayoral election i asked why should i vote for you(mayor Chris Boswell) when all you do is bring minium wage jobs to harlingen the reply i got "WELL THERE JOBS ARENT THEY"  in the past twenty years all we have gotten is a b**** shop, a steak house, and so many loan companies that i have lost count. out city is full of vacant buildings title loan companies. sometimes i dont even have the money to wash clothes at the laundry mat or pay for my electricty bill. these are not complaints, it just the reality that my family and i have to face every day. i know that i will not live the american dream , i dont know if i will always be stuck like this. but i thank god every day that my kids are healthy and happy with what little we have. so before you judge poor people i urge you to live like us for a few weeks see if you can handle life without finical security. understand that this is the only life we have ever known. we dont complain we just keep trying to make ends meet. one last thing i used to work for dish network every year the company would raise the price of tv makes sense right the company has to make money to stay afloat. no one cares. well the U.S government is like a giant company it has to make money to stay afloat by charging more easy solution to the tax problem in this country pay a little more taxes every year the roads and sewage systems keep working.
Oct 31, 2013 1:13PM
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I figured Detroit would have made the list....of the poorest?? 
Oct 30, 2013 9:11AM
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Hysterical article and worthless as a Progressive.  The greater Boston area now extends 60 miles into New Hampshire and westward another 35?  Of course they use metro areas so they can include working white people.  Boston isn't even 600,000 people so they had to add in another 3 million non=Bostonians for this fake article.  Please Progressives go walk around Bridgeport Connecticut at 2 am on a Saturday morning.  Funeral is Monday.
Oct 31, 2013 2:35PM
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Richest:: 
Massachusetts,
California
Connecticut
Maryland
California

Poorest:
Arizona
Alabama
Texas
Georgia
Texas

Hmmm...
Oct 30, 2013 12:19PM
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Totally forgot Juneau, AK. Median Income here is $79K, with over 30% of the population making in excess of $100K a year.
Oct 30, 2013 3:07PM
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San Francisco would be a clear Number One without Oakland's numbers to distort the picture.  I don't see how you can compare the two.  They're like night and day.  Just look at the very high crime figures and poverty figures for Oakland.

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Amazingly, the poor places are in the south. The rich places in the North. I guess this proves that wealth and education are correlated.
Oct 31, 2013 3:52PM
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I'm puzzled Just moved to California several months ago if California is so rich how come there are so many on welfare?  In the state of California they give away welfare like Halloween candy.  

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What happened to Detroit, and the other big cities through out the US. Waite a minute people on the government dole out are not counted? CREATIVE MATH 
Oct 31, 2013 3:50PM
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This article seems to confuse income for wealth.  Just because someone (or some city) has a higher than average annual income doesn't make them wealthy (though it certainly is a contributing factor).
Oct 31, 2013 2:42PM
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well i live in brownsville, we dont have health insurance because its cheaper to cross the border and go visit the doctor over there. As well we have a lot of family own business and they dont report all their workers or income they make so they dont have to pay more on taxes.  
Oct 31, 2013 3:46PM
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where can you find a home for $624,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley? Maybe only in the gang infested areas in Oakland, Richmond, E. San Jose and San Francisco. Other than that you will pay an average rent of $3000/mo, if you want to buy a home in a decent area you are looking at 700,000 to $1 million + with 50% down because no bank is making a decent loan in this area. If you are a retiree or minimum wage worker you can't afford to live here.
Oct 31, 2013 4:16PM
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There are a lot of much poorer cities than these five.

 

I think MSN dropped the ball on this one.

Oct 31, 2013 2:18PM
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No Detroit? No Stockton, CA? Really?
These cities are bankrupt. It would stand to reason that they are poor. Maybe they just borrow money they don't have.
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