Reading, PA Edges out Flint as City With Largest Poverty Rate

Via the New York Times:

Reading, Pa., Knew It Was Poor. Now It Knows Just How Poor.
By: Sabrina Tavernise
Published: September 26, 2011

Reading began the last decade at No. 32. But it broke into the top 10 in 2007, joining other places known for their high rates of poverty like Flint, Camden, N.J., and Brownsville, Tex., according to an analysis of the data for The New York Times by Andrew A. Beveridge, a demographer at Queens College.

Now it is No. 1, a ranking that the mothers at the day care center here say does not surprise them, given their first-hand knowledge of poverty-line wages, which for a parent and two children is now $18,530.

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Cities With the Highest Poverty Rates in 2010 (Graphic)

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