Top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest lower-income population 2014

This statistic shows a ranking of metropolitan areas with the highest shares of lower-income adults in the United States in 2014. In 2014, the Laredo metropolitan area in Texas was ranked first with 47 percent of adult population living in the lower-income tier.

Metropolitan areas with the largest share of lower-income population in the U.S. in 2014

Share of adult population
Laredo, TX 47%
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 47%
Visalia-Porterville, CA 46%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 46%
Las Cruces, NM 45%
Yuma, AZ 44%
El Paso, TX 44%
Fresno, CA 43%
Merced, CA 43%
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 43%
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Release date

May 2016


United States

Survey time period


Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Lower-income adults are defined as adults who live in households with incomes less than two-thirds of the household-size adjusted median income in the U.S. or less than 41,641 U.S. dollars for a household of three in 2014.

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