America's 11 poorest cities

  • 6. Baltimore, Maryland

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    • Percentage of incomes under $25,000: 33.2%
    • Percentage of population with bachelor's degree: 26.8%
    • Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 6.4% (#22, tied with Louisville, Kentucky)
    • Total population: 621,445

    Another city hit hard by the recession is Baltimore, whose unemployment rate stood at nearly 10 percent last summer. The city also is dealing with a relatively high cost of living and a low job growth rate. Baltimore lost around 5 percent of its population between 2000 and 2010, as people went elsewhere for work. And experts say many of the city's residents who were once getting by economically have fallen below the poverty line.

    "The poor are everywhere," Susan Roll, professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, told the Baltimore Sun several years ago. "They're not just people living in shelters. They're the person who poured your coffee. ... They're cleaning your office when you're not there."