America's 11 poorest cities

  • 1. Detroit, Michigan

    • Percentage of incomes under $25,000: 48%
    • Percentage of population with bachelor's degree: 12.7%
    • Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 1.9% (#34)
    • Total population: 706,663

    The city's once-famous economic good fortune faded with the decline of the U.S. auto industry. In early 2014, Detroit became the largest U.S. city to ever declare bankruptcy. The city's current poverty rate is infamous. It has thousands of vacant or abandoned homes, and communities without the expected municipal services. Detroit even shut off water to thousands of customers who were delinquent on their water bills.

    With the help of a plan to drop about around $7 billion of its $18 billion debt, the city exited bankruptcy last December.