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Shreveport named one of 2019’s Neediest Cities

With the giving season reminding us to be selfless and 11.8 percent of our fellow Americans in poverty and half a million homeless, the personal-finance website WalletHub followed up on its report on the Most Charitable States with an in-depth look at 2019’s Neediest Cities as well as accompanying videos.

Hoping to inspire goodwill toward the less fortunate, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 28 key metrics to determine where Americans are most economically disadvantaged. The data set ranges from child poverty rate to food-insecurity rate to uninsured rate.

1. Detroit, MI

2. Cleveland, OH

3. New Orleans, LA

4. Brownsville, TX

5. Jackson, MS

6. Newark, NJ

7. St. Louis, MO

8. Philadelphia, PA

9. Memphis, TN

10. Birmingham, AL

11. Atlanta, GA

12. Los Angeles, CA

13. Gulfport, MS

14. Baltimore, MD

15. Indianapolis, IN

16. Fresno, CA

17. Richmond, VA

18. Augusta, GA

19. Shreveport, LA

20. San Bernardino, CA

Key Stats

  • Fremont, California, has the lowest child poverty rate, 3.90 percent, which is 14 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 54.50 percent.
  • Pearl City, Hawaii, has the lowest adult poverty rate, 4.03 percent, which is eight times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 32.30 percent.
  • Overland Park, Kansas, has the fewest homeless persons (per 1,000 residents), 0.29, which is 47.9 times fewer than in Fresno, California, the city with the most at 13.88.
  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.50 percent, which is 7.4 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 11.10 percent.
  • Pearl City, Hawaii, has the lowest share of uninsured residents, 2.80 percent, which is 11.4 times lower than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the highest at 31.90 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-highest-and-lowest-population-in-need/8795/

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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