East St. Louis ranks the poorest of Illinois cities, study finds

(The Center Square) – East St. Louis was ranked the poorest city in Illinois in a 24/7 Wall St. analysis examining U.S. municipalities where households earn less than the nation’s median annual household income of $65,712.

With a population of 26,543, East St. Louis recorded a median annual income of $24,343, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.

East St. Louis’s poverty rate was pegged at 33.4 percent, and its median home value came in at $54,500.

Lower educational attainment is one characteristic that residents of the poorest cities have in common, according to the analysis. The share of adults with four-year degrees in many of the 49 cities on the list averages less than 20 percent, the study concluded, while nationwide the percentage with bachelor’s degrees is 31.5 percent.

The analysis considered only cities with populations of more than 25,000 residents.

No cities in Vermont conformed to the study’s criteria, so the state was excluded from the analysis.

Poorest Cities in Each State

StatePoorest CityMedian Household IncomePoverty RateMedian Home ValuePopulationAlabamaBessemer$32,30125.8%$86,50026,680AlaskaFairbanks$62,60211.0%$211,50031,551ArizonaSan Luis$37,25524.2%$117,40032,985ArkansasPine Bluff$34,72326.8%$75,50043,091CaliforniaDesert Hot Springs$33,04631.1%$194,50028,585ColoradoPueblo$40,45023.5%$141,000110,841ConnecticutHartford$36,27828.1%$165,300123,088DelawareWilmington$45,03211.8%$168,00070,644FloridaUniversity$28,49535.4%$106,40048,436GeorgiaValdosta$32,59532.2%$121,80056,095HawaiiHilo$63,28317.1%$329,20045,056IdahoPocatello$46,61718.5%$148,20055,525IllinoisEast St. Louis$24,34333.4%$54,50026,543IndianaGary$31,93630.6%$66,10076,010IowaClinton$44,09417.3%$99,50025,416KansasKansas City$45,66519.8%$95,600152,522KentuckyRichmond$36,30230.3%$152,60035,133LouisianaMonroe$30,43836.8%$139,60048,241MaineLewiston$44,52318.1%$140,60036,095MarylandHagerstown$40,80025.7%$155,70040,152MassachusettsSpringfield$39,43226.9%$156,200154,139MichiganFlint$28,83438.8%$29,50096,559MinnesotaAustin$48,12715.5%$107,80025,114MississippiGreenville$27,02537.3%$78,30030,588MissouriSpringfield$36,85622.9%$118,100167,051MontanaButte-Silver Bow$45,79717.3%$150,60033,964NebraskaFremont$49,47414.0%$132,70026,437NevadaWinchester$39,02020.0%$162,40028,231New HampshireManchester$60,71114.1%$227,600112,109New JerseyCamden$27,01536.4%$84,00074,002New MexicoSouth Valley$39,71423.3%$147,40040,080New YorkJamestown$33,42029.5%$63,20029,504North CarolinaGoldsboro$34,08326.1%$127,30034,647North DakotaGrand Forks$50,07618.5%$210,30056,500OhioYoungstown$28,82235.2%$44,80064,783OklahomaMuskogee$38,19424.6%$92,30037,624OregonGrants Pass$44,18517.2%$231,80037,545PennsylvaniaReading$32,17632.7%$73,20088,232Rhode IslandWoonsocket$42,59521.8%$173,30041,603South CarolinaAnderson$33,35122.4%$136,80027,289South DakotaRapid City$52,35116.2%$184,70075,258TennesseeMorristown$32,19326.6%$115,90029,782TexasPort Arthur$36,55727.2%$65,80055,109UtahSouth Salt Lake$47,81318.7%$226,00025,017VirginiaDanville$37,20322.4%$90,50041,070WashingtonYakima$44,95020.4%$173,00093,413West VirginiaHuntington$31,16232.3%$98,20046,667WisconsinMilwaukee$41,83825.4%$122,100594,548WyomingCasper$61,97910.0%$207,40058,446

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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