Cleveland Is Second Poorest Big City In America



Moreland Hills residents are hurting these days.
  • Moreland Hills residents are hurting these days.

Time for Update #253 on how poor Cleveland is these days.

This time the numbers come from the Census Bureau, who would know these things because they knocked on your door and saw you eating ketchup for dinner, and they say Cleveland's poverty rate is up again.

35% of Clevelanders fell below the poverty line in 2009, as opposed to 30.5% in 2008.

According to the PD:

That ranks Cleveland second in the country behind Detroit (36.4 percent) among major cities and 12th nationally among places of at least 65,000 people. Estimates were not made available for smaller places.

Among Ohio's larger cities, Youngstown's poverty rate is 35.7 percent, followed by Cleveland, Lorain (33.7 percent), Dayton (30.9 percent), Cincinnati (25.7 percent), Akron (24.6 percent), Toledo (23.8 percent), Columbus (22.6 percent) and Parma (8.8 percent).

The highest poverty rate nationally is in the college town of College Station, Texas, at 39.7 percent.

And now is about the time where you should sing the, "At least we're not Detroit," line from the second installment of the Cleveland tourism videos. Mike Polk was right all along. Detroit's eating relish. We still have ketchup at least.

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