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California Listed 27 Times on WalletHub’s 2021 Study of U.S. Neediest Cities

Fresno ranks #4, Los Angeles ranks #6 in the country of neediest cities

By Katy Grimes, December 31, 2021 8:02 am

As California labors under a growing homeless vagrant population, the state has achieved yet another dubious honor: the Golden State is listed 27 times on WalletHub’s 2021 study of the county’s Neediest Cities.

And out of the 182 U.S. cities on the list, Fresno ranks 4th and Los Angeles ranks 6th in total score between economic well-being and health and safety.

WalletHub reports “in 2020, 11.4% of the U.S. population lived in poverty.”  WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 28 key indicators of economic disadvantage, such as adult and child poverty, food insecurity and uninsured rates.

Fresno, Los Angeles and San Francisco made the list of cities with the “Highest Homeless Rate.”

San Francisco even tops the list of “Highest % of Homes With Inadequate Plumbing,” and “Highest % of Homes With Inadequate Kitchens,” along with Glendale and Los Angeles on the kitchen listing.

Included in the 27 Neediest California Cities and their ranking are:

6: Los Angeles

24: San Bernardino

37: Oakland

39: Stockton

45: Long Beach

57: San Francisco

59: Bakersfield

84: Sacramento

89: Modesto

92: Anaheim

94: Oxnard

98: Santa Clarita

110: Santa Ana

123: Garden Grove

125: Santa Rosa

130: Riverside

131: Fontana

132: Glendale

134: Moreno Valley

146: San Diego

149: San Jose

151: Oceanside

158: Chula Vista

165: Rancho Cucamonga

172: Huntington Beach

173: Irvine

176: Fremont

 

The Complete List of Neediest Cities in America

Overall Rank*

City

Total Score

Economic Well-Being

Health & Safety

1

Detroit, MI

63.79

1

2

2

Brownsville, TX

57.11

7

7

3

Cleveland, OH

57.02

6

8

4

Fresno, CA

56.51

2

57

5

Gulfport, MS

55.91

18

3

6

Los Angeles, CA

55.38

5

28

7

Newark, NJ

54.87

4

46

8

Baltimore, MD

54.52

3

55

9

New Orleans, LA

54.02

10

31

10

St. Louis, MO

53.74

21

9

11

Laredo, TX

53.64

27

12

12

Shreveport, LA

53.13

9

51

13

Miami, FL

52.94

19

25

14

Memphis, TN

52.73

22

18

15

Jackson, MS

52.68

13

50

16

Birmingham, AL

52.41

41

4

17

Philadelphia, PA

52.28

12

69

18

Richmond, VA

52.01

11

71

19

Hialeah, FL

51.64

26

35

20

Augusta, GA

51.24

17

62

21

Chattanooga, TN

51.20

40

14

22

Indianapolis, IN

51.14

14

89

23

Atlanta, GA

51.03

8

107

24

San Bernardino, CA

50.78

23

49

25

Baton Rouge, LA

50.56

31

45

26

Mobile, AL

50.35

38

22

27

Little Rock, AR

49.47

64

13

28

New York, NY

49.43

15

120

29

Fort Smith, AR

49.10

84

6

30

Corpus Christi, TX

49.00

93

5

31

Toledo, OH

48.97

43

36

32

Dover, DE

48.60

16

124

33

Houston, TX

48.55

69

10

34

Rochester, NY

48.54

29

102

35

Albuquerque, NM

48.52

46

33

36

Las Cruces, NM

48.48

56

30

37

Oakland, CA

48.37

37

58

38

Dallas, TX

48.19

65

20

39

Stockton, CA

48.14

32

100

40

Tulsa, OK

48.09

77

11

41

Columbia, SC

48.07

34

94

42

Springfield, MO

47.87

114

1

43

Huntington, WV

47.69

45

52

44

Wilmington, DE

47.64

28

118

45

Long Beach, CA

47.56

30

122

46

New Haven, CT

47.50

20

134

47

El Paso, TX

47.45

63

34

48

Columbus, GA

47.42

57

41

49

Tucson, AZ

47.37

62

37

50

San Antonio, TX

47.33

68

26

51

Montgomery, AL

47.29

39

87

52

Buffalo, NY

47.08

42

78

53

Milwaukee, WI

47.07

44

76

54

Akron, OH

47.01

49

61

55

Providence, RI

46.90

25

127

56

Oklahoma City, OK

46.71

79

24

57

San Francisco, CA

46.62

75

23

58

Knoxville, TN

46.60

71

39

59

Bakersfield, CA

46.59

54

59

60

Lewiston, ME

46.35

101

17

61

Las Vegas, NV

46.13

53

77

62

Kansas City, MO

46.11

82

32

63

Lubbock, TX

46.04

102

21

64

Glendale, AZ

45.69

67

64

65

Phoenix, AZ

45.69

66

65

66

Fayetteville, NC

45.64

60

83

67

Fort Lauderdale, FL

45.55

52

96

68

Cincinnati, OH

45.48

48

101

69

Honolulu, HI

45.10

80

48

70

Norfolk, VA

45.04

35

132

71

Portland, OR

44.91

87

47

72

North Las Vegas, NV

44.82

55

106

73

Manchester, NH

44.49

74

73

74

Wichita, KS

44.45

108

27

75

Jacksonville, FL

44.43

73

82

76

Washington, DC

44.42

33

155

77

Chicago, IL

44.38

51

123

78

Spokane, WA

44.29

129

15

79

Bridgeport, CT

44.20

59

115

80

Amarillo, TX

44.16

117

16

81

Greensboro, NC

44.14

91

56

82

St. Paul, MN

44.11

61

114

82

Boston, MA

44.11

24

167

84

Sacramento, CA

43.85

50

129

85

Newport News, VA

43.84

81

93

86

Grand Rapids, MI

43.74

95

66

86

Nashville, TN

43.74

89

75

88

Salt Lake City, UT

43.66

133

19

89

Modesto, CA

43.54

47

137

90

Charleston, WV

43.38

124

29

91

Winston-Salem, NC

43.28

72

105

92

Anaheim, CA

43.16

105

60

93

Reno, NV

43.15

121

40

94

Oxnard, CA

42.96

70

113

95

Denver, CO

42.70

98

85

96

Tampa, FL

42.67

85

104

97

Tallahassee, FL

42.66

58

139

98

Santa Clarita, CA

42.66

36

166

99

Jersey City, NJ

42.63

94

92

100

Grand Prairie, TX

42.57

119

53

101

St. Petersburg, FL

42.54

106

79

102

Orlando, FL

42.48

86

108

103

Anchorage, AK

42.36

143

38

104

Huntsville, AL

42.34

103

91

105

Garland, TX

42.30

109

72

106

Fort Worth, TX

42.26

112

67

107

Salem, OR

42.19

128

70

108

Columbus, OH

42.08

78

125

109

Seattle, WA

41.89

122

63

110

Santa Ana, CA

41.88

96

109

111

Rapid City, SD

41.83

120

86

112

Des Moines, IA

41.75

90

119

113

Tempe, AZ

41.66

107

98

114

Louisville, KY

41.59

110

90

115

Ontario, CA

41.39

99

110

116

Arlington, TX

41.32

125

80

117

Mesa, AZ

41.30

97

117

118

Omaha, NE

41.26

115

88

119

Tacoma, WA

41.25

148

44

120

Irving, TX

41.22

126

83

121

Minneapolis, MN

41.17

83

131

122

Missoula, MT

40.97

157

42

123

Garden Grove, CA

40.83

113

103

124

West Valley City, UT

40.61

145

74

125

Santa Rosa, CA

40.51

76

146

126

Nampa, ID

40.49

134

95

127

Austin, TX

40.40

140

81

128

Worcester, MA

40.09

92

141

129

Colorado Springs, CO

39.88

138

99

130

Riverside, CA

39.65

123

121

131

Fontana, CA

39.36

88

154

132

Glendale, CA

39.26

136

111

133

Charleston, SC

38.98

100

147

134

Moreno Valley, CA

38.68

104

145

135

Fort Wayne, IN

38.55

116

140

136

Pittsburgh, PA

38.50

132

128

137

Charlotte, NC

38.45

127

135

138

Aurora, CO

38.19

142

126

139

Burlington, VT

38.13

111

144

140

Vancouver, WA

38.07

163

68

141

Billings, MT

38.06

171

54

142

Juneau, AK

37.88

177

43

143

Durham, NC

37.63

141

133

144

Lexington-Fayette, KY

37.13

130

149

145

Portland, ME

36.96

150

136

146

San Diego, CA

36.50

131

158

147

Yonkers, NY

36.29

137

159

148

Lincoln, NE

36.07

154

130

149

San Jose, CA

35.87

118

170

150

Port St. Lucie, FL

35.81

147

148

151

Oceanside, CA

35.80

139

165

152

Cheyenne, WY

35.74

167

112

153

Casper, WY

35.64

173

97

154

Boise, ID

35.52

168

116

155

Cape Coral, FL

35.30

149

153

156

Henderson, NV

35.23

146

162

157

Pembroke Pines, FL

34.96

152

150

158

Chula Vista, CA

34.86

135

172

159

Peoria, AZ

34.69

158

142

160

Cedar Rapids, IA

34.62

153

157

161

Scottsdale, AZ

34.37

156

152

162

Aurora, IL

34.29

144

173

163

Raleigh, NC

34.21

151

164

164

Chandler, AZ

33.33

161

156

165

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

32.99

155

169

166

Chesapeake, VA

32.67

160

168

167

Sioux Falls, SD

32.60

170

151

168

Fargo, ND

32.37

174

138

169

Nashua, NH

31.76

169

160

170

Gilbert, AZ

31.20

172

163

171

Madison, WI

30.98

165

176

172

Huntington Beach, CA

30.96

162

177

173

Irvine, CA

30.89

159

181

174

Plano, TX

30.76

178

143

175

Virginia Beach, VA

30.53

166

179

176

Fremont, CA

30.15

164

182

177

Warwick, RI

28.67

176

175

178

Overland Park, KS

28.29

180

161

179

South Burlington, VT

28.15

175

178

180

Bismarck, ND

27.15

182

171

181

Pearl City, HI

26.70

179

180

182

Columbia, MD

26.26

181

174

 

 

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Source: WalletHub

 

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5 thoughts on “California Listed 27 Times on WalletHub’s 2021 Study of U.S. Neediest Cities

  1. This list loses some credibility when I see Irvine and Huntington Beach on there. Irvine is one of the safest cities in the country.

  2. I agree with Cathie, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Santa Clarita are pretty ok… even Bakersfield tops SF, plenty of
    Clinia Sierra Vista’s for low-income, immigrant healthcare (wonder who subsidizes?), no open needle use on the streets…. at least they try!

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