Youngstown ranks as sixth-highest poverty-stricken city in nation


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Youngstown has a poverty rate of 40.2 percent, and is sixth in the country with the highest rate among other cities with a population of 65,000 or more.

That’s about more than 26,000 people of all ages who live below the poverty line, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s latest estimates, for 2013. The federal poverty threshold in 2013 was $11,490 annual income for an individual and $23,550 for a family of four.

“Any place where four out of 10 people live below the poverty line has major challenges to overcome,” said Marybeth Mattingly, a researcher for the Center of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University.

Youngstown just narrowly missed joining the top five of Camden, N.J., No. 1 at 42.6 percent; Flint, Mich., 41.8; Gary, Ind., 41.; Detroit, 40.7; and Bloomington, Ind., 40.3.

In Mahoning County, the unemployment rate last month was 5.9 percent with 6,400 unemployed and 101,900 employed. The unemployment rate in Youngstown in August was higher at 7.7 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Wages in Youngstown also are not great, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area is nearly $29,500 compared to Ohio’s median annual wage at $33,738.

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