WalletHub ranks St. Louis high on list of neediest cities

The City of St. Louis is one of the neediest cities in the country according to a study conducted by WalletHub.

The study showed that St. Louis ranked ninth in the country when compared to 182 U.S. cities across 25 key metrics to determine where Americans are most economically disadvantaged.

The data set provided ranges from child poverty rate to food-shortage and uninsured rates.

WalletHub Analyst, Jill Gonzalez, said cities who scored poorly could implement changes that could help benefit the residents living in the area.

“Low-ranking cities could implement family-friendly employment policies and protections, which have proven important for helping low-income families become financially stable,” Gonzalez said. “Food and housing programs have also proven helpful in easing the financial burdens of the less fortunate, as they help families afford other routine household expenses.”

Other Missouri cities faired much better than St. Louis, with Kansas City ranking 55 on the list and Springfield coming in at 64.

Detroit was far and away the neediest city, with a ranking of 64.85. Cleveland ranked second, was far below with a ranking of 58.85. St. Louis in comparison was scored at 52.44.

Gonzalez said she hopes that the study will help inspire other Americans to recognize those in need and could help craft policies that could assist the less fortunate.

“This analysis points to where Americans are most economically disadvantaged, hoping to inspire selflessness and goodwill towards the less fortunate during the holiday season,” she said. “We hope this study emphasizes the prevalence of hunger, poverty and homelessness that still runs rampant in the U.S., and raises awareness on the importance of implementing policies which help the less fortunate.”

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