Syracuse Among Top 10 Poorest Cities In The U.S.

Syracuse, N.Y. - Syracuse remains among the poorest cities in the U.S.

Syracuse's poverty rate placed it tied for 9th place with Bloomington, Indiana and Dearborn, Michigan, according to Census data for last year.

In 2017, 32.4 percent of the population of Syracuse was living below the poverty level. That was relatively flat compared to 32.1 percent in 2016.  Syracuse's poverty rate has remained in that range for the last several years, however, success in other parts of the country has moved the salt-city up the list. 

Poverty rates also remain high among people of color and are not improving. A 2016 study showed that Syracuse led the nation in extreme poverty among blacks and Hispanics. The Hispanic poverty rate jumped from 40.5-percent to 58% -- while about 41 percent of Black residents live in poverty.

Meantime, nearly half of the children under the age of 5 in Syracuse are living below the poverty line.

List of the Top 10 Cities with the Highest Poverty Rates:

  • 1. Flint, Michigan; 38.9
  • 2. Gary, Indiana; 36.3
  • 3. Camden, New Jersey; 35.7
  • 4. Passaic, New Jersey; 35
  • 5. Youngstown, Ohio; 34.9
  • 6. Detroit, Michigan; 34.5
  • 7. Cleveland, Ohio;33.1
  • 8. College Station, Texas; 32.7
  • 9. Syracuse, New York; 32.4
  • 9. Bloomington, Indiana; 32.4
  • 9. Dearborn, Michigan; 32.4

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