Richest and poorest US cities by income

According to a recent study of average household incomes by the US Census Bureau, these 5 cities fared best. Plus, 5 cities with the most room for improvement.

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Dec 11, 2012 9:19PM
no surprise here with the exception of indianapolis for poorest. these cities have a predominately black population and are also in the top 5 for crime as well. file under: it figures
Dec 11, 2012 10:43PM
It is also no suprise that all of them are Democrat strongholds.  Why is it that the Dems accuse the Republicans for being for the "rich"? Oh...I remember, to keep the idiot voters in check so that Democrats will stay in power.
Dec 12, 2012 8:47AM
Maybe now without the forced unionizm they can start growing.  The UAW ran GM out of my home town and now whar was once a GM city is home to retirees instead of workers.  Michigan done a good thing to stop the force paying of union dues but more needs to be done,
Dec 12, 2012 1:47PM


#1 Mississippi, Right to work state, Solid Republican State

#2 Arkansas, Right to work state, Solid Republican State

#3 Tennessee, Right to work state, Solid Republican State

#4 West Virginia, Mostly Republican State, strong coal miners Union, but anti smog regulation

#5 Louisiana, Right to work state, Solid Republican State

#6 Montana, Solid Republican State

#7 S. Carolina, right to work state, Solid Republican State

#8 Kentucky, Mostly Republican State

#9 Alabama, right to work state, Solid Republican State

#10 N. Carolina, right to work state, Mostly Republican State

Employees at all levels make about 10% less in right to work states, Nobody forces you to take a Union Job, it's your free choice if you want to work for less or join a Union and have a higher standard of living. Unions make up only 7% of the work force, maybe our problem is that the 93% of non-union workers don't get paid enough to grow the economy any more ? It's a fact Republican policies = Higher Poverty Rates, Lower Wages and the Debasement of the American Middleclass Dream.

Dec 12, 2012 11:25AM
Unfortunately, Detroit is not a pretty place.
Dec 12, 2012 1:18PM
The poorest cities are all high population of both democratic politics, unions and minorities, just further proof you can not really help people by continually giving them things, they need to be forced to learn how to earn those themselves!

Literally most of this starts when low skills people demand to know why they don't make much money and can't afford the things people with good skills can ............. and then some politico tells them that he will give those things to them for their vote!
Dec 12, 2012 1:15PM

Where’s New Orleans? It’s still a mess.

Dec 12, 2012 8:33AM
50% of the people are service people.  What % of them are government employees?  What % of the 25% producer people are employed?  What % of the 25% dependent people are scheduled to die for the good of the Country?
Dec 12, 2012 12:30PM
it's a shame what the blacks and crime have done to these once beautiful cities.
Dec 12, 2012 12:25PM
DETROIT-as the Motor City ventured from free enterprise to a UNIONIZED dominiated POLITICAL GOVERNMENT the derterioration of the private sector began and continues. SO goes America we are foresaking the PRIVATE SECTOR for more GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT and guess who supports GOVERNEMENT involvement-UNIONS and of course DEMOCRATS. We as a nation and a society have learned nothing about GOVERNMENT GROWTH and UNIONS SOCIALISTIC VIEW POINTS.
Dec 12, 2012 4:09PM
the top 5 poorest cities all  have high minority populations minus indy. They were also cities that rioted in the 60's after MKL's assassination. White America quickly packed up and left these cities opting for suburban enclaves. Detroit experienced the highest level of White Flight but not solely based on race, throw in the auto industry and bad government as well. You could probably add 10 other cities that rioted and experienced the same effect and to this day hasn't fully recovered.  
Dec 12, 2012 4:47PM
Funny how Kalifornia is going broke yet has 3 of the top 5 richest cities in the US.
Dec 13, 2012 12:30AM
What I want to know is that if California is so rich then why is the state pretty much bankrupt?  State is run by liberals.  Can't a liberal balance a budget?  Can a liberal balance a checkbook?
Dec 12, 2012 2:57PM

Seattle is no. 4, but Microsoft / Amazon are the biggest factors for bumping up the average salary and they are not even cited in the article. Crap !

Dec 12, 2012 12:44PM

Wasn't it not too long ago that Baltimore and Maryland in general was considered one of the richest states? Where do these "editors" get their facts? Oh wait, Wall Street whose motto is "Rich one day, crying broke the next" typical.

Dec 12, 2012 11:45PM
Jester.  The poorest states in the U.S. are run by Republicans.    Mississippi is the poorest state, has worst school system, highest teen pregnancy rate and highest STD rate.   It is run by Republicans.   San Francisco and San Jose both are Demo cities as is Seattle.  Sorry your views are those of Fox News and according to a conservative analysis, the average IQ of a Fox viewer is 80.
Dec 12, 2012 1:53AM
With the man from Kenya running the show, pretty soon you won't need to compare, they will all be poor. Stick a fork in America, she is done.
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