Skip to comments.The 25 Most Unequal Cities In America (Marxism Alert)
Posted on 10/20/2010 5:16:23 AM PDT by facedodge
America's third-world-esque income gap is wide and getting wider. But in some cities the disparity is especially bad, according to Census data. We picked out the 25 metro areas where the top quintile has the greatest share of the income. Many of these cities are liberal college towns in poor rural areas. Others are retirement hotspots in again, poor rural areas. Four of the top ten are in Texas, including George W. Bush's Midland.
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National Average: The top quintile gets 50.3% of the income.
The Poorest American Cities of 2008 (1-10)
1. Detroit, 33.3% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 52 years
2. Cleveland, 30.5% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 20 years
3. Buffalo, 30.3% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 43 years
4. Newark, 26.1% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 102 years
5. Miami, 25.6% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 52 years
6. Fresno, 25.5% in poverty—Republican Mayor for the last 13 years
7. Cincinnati, 25.1% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 29 years
8. Toledo, 24.7% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 20 years
9. El Paso, 24.3% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 120 years
10. Philadelphia, 24.1% in poverty—Democrat Mayor for the last 57 years
I hear Bono (lead singer of U2) tell a story when asked what made America great. Here’s his response. “In America, people look at the guy in the giant house on the hill and say to themselves ‘One day I’m going to live like that’. In Ireland we look at the guy in the giant house on the hill and say ‘One day I’m gonna get that son of a bitch’.” Sadly we are becoming more European by the minute.
This usually corresponds to how badly the local population is urging their government to set aside green areas, make it hard to build anything.
What group is responsible for doing this? Why are they the ones offended when it is their own actions that drive the poor from their homes and make housing unfordable?
“The top quintile gets 50.3% of the income.”
And the top 25% of earners pay 86% of all federal income taxes. What is the point?
Evil Bush strikes again. And you have to love that chart--putting all the Libs tropes on graph as if its scientific. Why don't they put Iraq War deaths on the chart too?
Funny, I thought Chicago would be right up there.
I don’t think anyone should be surprised that in an oil town, the top quintile take a large portion of the income: does anyone really expect that engineers and executives make considerably more money?
What should shame the left, however, is the predominance of college towns: Morgantown, Gainesville, College Station, Athens. After all, aren’t these supposed to be Rousseau-type villages? (Of course not... professors SHOULD make more than cafeteria workers. It’s the American way. The irony is only that these professors espouse Marxist ideals.)
Of interest is the number of college towns that are listed. The high cost of higher education is attributable to the high salaries of professors, administrators, coaches, and aid programs.
And retirement enclaves. Sebastian and PSL, especially before the housing boom, were really low cost of living areas on the FL coast. So retirees could get warm, beach or near-beach living and stretch their retirement dollars.
They’re both there, south of the Space Coast but north of South FL and had been sparesly populated (but has since grown a decent amount - not much in the way of industry though.) And smack in the middle between those two cities is Vero beach - some big money retirement there.
Seems a lot of these are liberal meccas. Go figure.
I see article from this source posted here all the time about how the economic world is going to end any day now. I ignored them before, now I know why.
Washington DC is the most unequal. by far.
How about the rich democrats giving up some of their wealth to “redistribute” the wealth?
A breakdown of zip codes should be listed also:
1) 10021- Upper West Side Manhattan
2) 20007—wealthy DC
3) 90210—need I say
4) 60614-Obama’s zip in Chicago
5) 06831-Greenwich CT
All wealthy democrat zips residing quite close to some of the POOREST zip codes in the US.
Hey, lay off Fresno, CA. It has an enormous, illegal population (hence the poverty). It’s hardly the fault of the Republican Mayor. More the fault of the Feds for not securing the border. When you go to Home Depot early in the morning (when the contractors are purchasing materials) you hear only Spanish spoken throughout the store.
income gap does not automatically translate into bad unless one is a dirty pinko commie
In Washington, EVERYBODY is paid VERY WELL by us, the TAXPAYERS!! They are WAY ABOVE the natl average in wages...>WAY ABOVE...PLUS BENEFITS!!
“...lay off Fresno, CA. It has an enormous, illegal population...”
Ditto for Brownsville and McAllen, Texas. You have the American growers and the Mexican pickers. The Mexican pickers are happy to be here because their children are being educated and fed by the U.S. taxpayers. It’s a great country, until it’s so broke that no one can pay the bills any more.
Cincinnati may be ranked #7 in poverty, but the poor need to cheer up. We’re getting a streetcar. Yeah, that’ll help.
Income is not linear relationship to quality of life. Both a poor man and rich man have only 24 hours in a day, have only one wife at a time, can drive only one car, use one cell phone, computer, TV, bathroom. Both use Crest toothpaste. A poor man can fly across the country on Southwest Airlines in about the same time as a rich man in his Gulfstream. A rich man is not interested in living in a poor man's house, making that house affordable to the poor man. A poor man would not get much bang for his buck blowing his paycheck on one night at the Ritz-Carlton. A doctor making $5 for every $1 an auto mechanic makes does not really have a life 5 times larger. If you redistribute 2 of those dollars from the doctor to the mechanic, the main thing it will accomplish is make the doctor quit. Leftists are okay with that result, a race to the bottom like Cuba. Americans are not okay with that.
In America, people look at the guy in the giant house on the hill and say to themselves One day Im going to live like that.When I was a poor little kid, I looked around and saw all those rich people with luxurious houses, new cars, boats, expensive trips, and plenty of money to throw around, and I was thinking: "I'm going to be like that!"
In Ireland we look at the guy in the giant house on the hill and say One day Im gonna get that son of a bitch.
I wanted to be like that. It never even occurred to me to want to take what they have (envy, covet) or resent their having it or get even with them for having it (vengeance). I was smart enough to know that somebody worked mighty hard to get all that and I could do it too.
I studied hard, worked hard, kept going-and here I am!
America has always been The Land of Opportunity. It will continue to be unless the American people destroy it--and all of its hope, promise, and opportunity.