NC has three of the 10 poorest cities in the US, according to report

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North Carolina has three of the 10 poorest cities in the country including the poorest, according to a report. used information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey to determine areas that have the highest and lowest income.

The bureau’s 2012 survey was released last month and took into account age, race, location and income.

Last year’s median U.S. household income was just over $51,000. The highest income areas reported a median income of more than $69,000 a year.

The 10 highest were areas on the East Coast around Washington and cities in California, Hawaii and Alaska.

The top 10 cities with the lowest income did not have a median income of more than $32,860.

Nine of the 10 poorest cities were in the South, including three in North Carolina, two in Texas and others in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

Lumberton, N.C. in Robeson County was named the poorest in the U.S. with a median income of $28,293 and a population of 135,517.

Roanoke Rapids, N.C. in Halifax County was number three with a median income of $29,930 and a population of 76,066. Forest City, N.C. took eighth place.

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  • David Hedgecock

    It would also be interesting to see how these cities did as far as their ‘happiness’ stat;; We might be surprised. Money and wealth do not always translate into happiness.

  • John Boehner & Eric Cantor

    I’ll tell you what David. Give me all your income above $29K and lets see if you’re sadder and I’m happier. Sheesh.

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