America's 11 poorest cities

  • 9. Indianapolis, Indiana

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    • Percentage of incomes under $25,000: 29.1%
    • Percentage of population with bachelor's degree: 27.3%
    • Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 5.2% (#29, tied with El Paso, Texas)
    • Total population: 828,841

    The recession hit Indianapolis hard. The Annie E. Casey Foundation said the city saw one of the nation's largest increases between 2005 and 2013 in the percentage of children living in poverty. The Brookings Institution says Indianapolis was also among the top 10 U.S. cities with the largest increases in income inequality in recent years. Indianapolis also ranked near the bottom in a Harvard/UC Berkeley economic study of upward income mobility in America's 50 biggest metro regions.