Magazine Puts Macon on Top-10 Poverty List

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A national magazine calls Macon one of the nation's 10 most impoverished cities.

Forbes magazine ranked the nation's metro areas on several factors. They include 2008 census numbers on per-capita income, the percentage of the population earning less than half the poverty line, food stamp recipients, the percentage of people under age 65 receiving public health care, and unemployment.

Click here to see a slideshow of the nation's 10 most impoverished cities.

They used statistics for the Macon metro area, which covers Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Peach and Twiggs counties.

The magazine notes that all 10 cities on its list are Southern cities, cities on the Mexican border or declining manufacturing centers in the Midwest.

Also on the list: Pine Bluff, Ark.; Albany, Ga.; Rocky Mount, N.C.;  McAllen and Brownsville, Texas; El Centro, Calif.; Yuma, Ariz.; and Saginaw and Flint, Mich.

Forbes noted that numbers from the 2008 Census, released in September, "show that during the first year of the recession, incomes fell farther and poverty leaped higher than during almost any other time in a generation."

They reported these 2008 statistics for the Macon metro area:

  •     Population: 226,170
  •     Per capita income: $21,913
  •     Income of bottom one-fifth: $8,052
  •     People earning below 50% of poverty line: 8.9%
  •     Food stamp recipients: 15%
  •     Public health care recipients under age 65: 46,710
  •     2008 unemployment: 6.3%



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