America's 11 poorest cities

  • 5. Tucson, Arizona

    • Percentage of incomes under $25,000: 34.8%
    • Percentage of population with bachelor's degree: 24.7%
    • Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 3.3% (#32)
    • Total population: 523,278

    High unemployment and slow economic growth have hindered Tucson's recovery from the recession. According to Arizona state government data, the city's jobless rate went from 3.6 percent at the end of 2007 to a high of 9.4 percent in 2010. And while that unemployment rate has improved, the region's tourism industry, a major employer, mostly generates low-wage jobs. At the same time, an overall downturn in Tucson's housing market and construction industry continues to handicap its economic growth.

    "The growth has not been as great as we would like to see it," Art Burrola, who runs a veterans' job placement and training program, told the Arizona Daily Star in 2013. "But people -- after doing some training, some planning, some serious job searching -- they are getting employed here. Things are moving at a snail's pace, but we'll get there eventually."