America's 11 poorest cities

  • 3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    • Percentage of incomes under $25,000: 36.4%
    • Percentage of population with bachelor's degree: 23.9%
    • Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 5.3% (#27)
    • Total population: 1.54 million

    Described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "the poorest big city in America," The City of Brotherly Love has struggled with poverty for decades. Of America's 10 biggest cities, Philly also has what the Inquirer describes as the highest rate of deep poverty -- that is, people whose income is below half of the federal poverty level.

    "Right now the single biggest predictor of how a child will do in life is the ZIP code in which they are born," Eva Gladstein, head of the city's Office of Community Empowerment, told CBS affiliate KYW Newsradio in November. "So there are communities with high need and less opportunity as compared to other neighborhoods."