Birmingham ranks in top 15 neediest cities in America

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‘Tis the season of giving and giving back to those in need, and a new report reminds us we can often find those in need suffering from poverty, homelessness and hunger in our own backyards.

That’s certainly the case in Birmingham, which ranked as the 14th neediest city in America in WalletHub‘s list of 2017’s Neediest Cities. But Birmingham wasn’t the only needy city in the Yellowhammer State. Not far behind the Magic City was Montgomery (24) and Mobile (25). Huntsville was the only major Alabama city to fare slightly better, ranking as the 87th neediest.

f The data set ranges from child poverty rate to food-insecurity rate to uninsured rate.

Neediness in Birmingham (1= neediest; 91= avg.)

  • 5th: Child poverty rate
  • 18th: Adult poverty rate
  • 87th: Unemployment rate
  • 31st: Food Insecurity rate
  • 55th: Uninsured rate
  • 15th: % of Homes with inadequate plumbing
  • 86th: % of Homes with inadequate kitchens

Here’s how Alabama compares to the rest of the country:

Source: WalletHub

Top 15 neediest cities in America:

  1. Detroit, Mich.
  2. Cleveland, Ohio
  3. Newark, N.J.
  4. Memphis, Tenn.
  5. Jackson, Miss.
  6. Atlanta, Ga.
  7. Fresno, Cali.
  8. Los Angeles, Cali.
  9. St. Louis, Mo.
  10. Indianapolis, Ind.
  11. Gulfport, Miss.
  12. Philadelphia, Pa.
  13. Brownsville, Texas
  14. Birmingham, Ala.
  15. Little Rock, Ark.