Using recent census data, a comprehensive analysis was conducted to determine the poorest cities in all 50 states. The data considered the poverty rate, median household income, and the unemployment rate to derive accurate results.
According to recent findings, Richmond, Virginia, has been identified as the poorest city in Virginia, with a poverty rate of 21.1%. This statistic places Richmond as the 30th most impoverished city in the United States.
According to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2016, Richmond’s child poverty rate was 39%, more than double Virginia’s overall rate. In the same year, Richmond also had the second-highest rate of eviction filings and judgments among American cities with more than 100,000 people.
Richmond’s poverty ranking is partly attributed to neighbourhoods like Creighton Court, a public housing complex with high concentrations of poverty.