Special Report

Cities With The Lowest Poverty Rates


To identify the cities with the lowest poverty rates, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the share of residents living in households with incomes below the poverty line in 382 U.S. metro areas with one-year data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey. In cases where two or more cities had the same poverty rate, median household income was used as a tiebreaker, favoring the city with a higher income. Data on the share of households receiving SNAP benefits, or food stamps, and median household income also came from the 2018 ACS. Data on annual unemployment for 2018 came from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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