Census reports Philadelphia remains poorest big city in US
Sep. 14, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Philadelphia remains the nation's poorest big city.
The U.S. Census American Community Survey released Thursday shows the city's poverty rate remained stagnant in 2016, even as poverty generally declined across the country, leaving Philadelphia the poorest of the 10 most populated cities in the U.S.
Philadelphia also defied a national trend, as median household income dropped between 2015 and 2016. On average, the U.S. saw an increase in incomes.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/2wbkmPO ) deep-poverty rates were statistically the same as in 2015. Deep-poverty describes persons living at 50 percent of the poverty line or less.
The report also stated that more than one-third of city children were living in poverty.