America's 11 poorest cities

  • 8. El Paso, Texas

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    • Percentage of incomes under $25,000: 30.7%
    • Percentage of population with bachelor's degree: 22.7%
    • Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 5.2% (#28, tied with Indianapolis)
    • Total population: 660,795

    Education and low wages are two of the biggest economic issues in this border city. The U.S. Census Bureau notes only 74 percent of El Paso residents ages 25 and older have a high school degree or the equivalent, compared to the national average of 85 percent. And lower levels of education often equal lower earning power. According to a recent Forbes survey of 100 metropolitan areas where people earn the biggest and smallest paychecks, El Paso was ranked 97, with median starting salaries of $39,600 and an overall median salary of just under $47,000.