10 Metro Areas With the Highest Poverty Levels

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In 2010, a record number of Americans lived below the poverty line. Unemployment is one key contributor to high poverty levels in the United States, and many of these cities have unemployment rates in the double-digits. In addition, cash-strapped state and local governments make for fraying social safety nets in many places, meaning that America's poorest may be becoming more vulnerable. According to 2010 Census Bureau data, these are the 10 metropolitan areas (with populations of 300,000 or greater) with the highest poverty rates.

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