America's 11 poorest cities

  • 2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    • Percentage of incomes under $25,000: 36.5%
    • Percentage of population with bachelor's degree: 22.1%
    • Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 3.0% (#33)
    • Total population: 596,459

    The collapse of heavy industry and manufacturing in Milwaukee took decades and is still taking its toll on the city, which also saw its poverty rate jump to nearly 30 percent during the depths of the Great Recession.

    "What's missing in our city is work, and the amount of idle people who aren't working is having consequences," Wyman Winston, executive director for Wisconsin's Housing and Economic Development Authority, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2011.