2017’s Neediest Cities
From Wallet Hub, December 13, 2017
Hunger, poverty and homelessness affect every nation — even the richest and most powerful.
According to Feeding America, food insecurity plagues every U.S. county, with more than 41 million individuals lacking access to adequate food. More than 40 million, or 12.7 percent of the population, live in poverty. And in the absence of more affordable housing or accommodations provided by relatives or friends, many must take to the streets or shelters. A report published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness shows that nearly 565,000 people — many of them children — had been homeless at one point in January 2015.
On the heels of their report on the most charitable states, WalletHub compared the more than 180 U.S. cities based on 25 key indicators of economic disadvantage, such as child poverty, food insecurity and uninsured rates.
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Pearl City, HI
- Overall Rank 181st (2nd-least needy)
- Total Score 26.13
- ‘Economic Well-Being’ Rank 181st (2nd best)
- ‘Health & Safety’ Rank 167th
- 4th-lowest Child Poverty Rate
- 1st-lowest Adult Poverty Rate
- 1st-lowest uninsured rate
- Overall Rank 79th
- Total Score 42.74
- ‘Economic Well-Being’ Rank 92nd
- ‘Health & Safety’ Rank 53rd
- 1st--Highest Homelessness Rate (tied with six cities)
- 1st—Highest Percentage of Homes with inadequate kitchens (tied with five cities)