America’s inner cities are in trouble. Liberal policies, high taxes, anti-business regulations, skyrocketing crime, and terrible public schools have led to the flight of working citizens, leaving only the most vulnerable and the most hardened criminals remaining.
Here are the nation’s ten most desperately poor cities in America, as reported by the real estate website, Housely.
10. El Paso, TX; Mayor Oscar Leeser (D) : El Paso is right on the Mexico border, and the drug trade here is booming. The crime rate in this city is extremely high, and 30% of families make under $25k per year.
9. Buffalo, NY; Mayor Byron Brown (D) : There is a higher rate of families on government assistance in Buffalo than in any other city in New York. Government regulations has destroyed many of the manufacturing jobs in the city, and 31% of families currently live below the poverty line.
8. Fresno, CA; Mayor Lee Brand (R) : Fresno is a city of “haves” and “have nots”. It is an enormous city, and 31% of households live on $25k per year or less. Interestingly, Fresno also has some of the most beautiful neighborhoods and mansions sprinkled throughout the city.
7. Miami, FL; Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado (R) : Miami is another one of those cities where the extremely rich live beside the extremely poor. 32% of residents live beneath the poverty line, and much of this is because of the tsunami of immigrants who come to the city every year. Many of the newer Miami residents do not speak English, and the drug trade is quite robust in the Florida city.
6. Cincinnati, OH; Mayor John Cranley (D) : Ohio’s third largest city has seen much better days. The loss of manufacturing jobs has destroyed Cincinnati’s economy, crime is soaring, and 34% of residents currently live beneath the poverty line.
5. Memphis, TN; Mayor Jim Strickland (D) : The once great Memphis, famous for its blues, soul, and rock and roll music, now has a high crime rate, high poverty rate, and high unemployment rate. The crime rate has hurt tourism over the last 10 years. 35% of Memphis households live on $25k per year or less.
4. Milwaukee, WI; Mayor Tom Barrett (D) : Milwaukee, known for it’s breweries and its Harley Davidson museum, is another city suffering from the exodus of manufacturing jobs. 36% of residents live below the poverty line.
3. Cleveland, OH; Mayor Frank Jackson (D) : Cleveland was devastated by the 2008 recession, and it has never recovered. The cities high crime rate has slowed the return of business, which only perpetuates the problem of a dying city. 36% of Cleveland households live on less than $25k per year.
2. Philadelphia, PA; Mayor Jim Kenney (D) : The City Of Brotherly Love has been dying for nearly two decades. Their liberal politicians can’t seem to keep their citizens safe, nor are they willing to make the city more business-friendly to attract industry. The result? 37% of Philly households now live beneath the poverty line. Shame on you, Philadelphia
1. Detroit, MI; Mayor Mike Duggan (D) : Ta-daaa! No surprises here. Detroit has become a national joke. Nearly one half of Detroit household live beneath the poverty line. Parts of the city literally look like a third-world country. Drugs, crime, and hopelessness are out of control in the Motor City. Thankfully, President Donald Trump has made bringing auto manufacturing jobs back to America a priority. Some of those jobs will be returning to the Detroit area.
Note the nearly all of these cities are run by Democrats (Fresno and Miami, which have wealthier and functioning sections of their cities, are the exceptions). The way to turn around these hopeless cities is to create enterprise zones, giving tax breaks to companies that move to the area. Drastically reforming public schools is also a must. This can be done by allowing charter schools to spring up throughout these cities, allowing students to leave the failing public schools for alternatives. Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, have both made it clear that charter schools are coming to the cities of America.
Is there still hope for America’s inner-cities? Share your thoughts in the comments section.