Buffalo: The Nation's 4th Poorest City
Looks can be deceiving. Despite all of the waterfront development going on downtown, there are a growing number of Buffalonians who are not thinking about the next Canalside concert. Their conversations don’t include the towering cranes visible on Buffalo’s skyline. Instead of enjoying Food Truck Tuesday, they are standing in line at the soup kitchen.
According to the latest U.S. Census figures, only three other cities in America are poorer than the Queen City: Detroit, Cleveland and Rochester.
The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau also reveals that over 58,000 families live in Buffalo. Of those, more than 15,000 are living in poverty – that means 1 out of 4 families in Buffalo live in poverty.
In a segment titled "A look inside the 4th poorest U.S. city" WIVB shares a perspective that puts a face to those among us living in poverty.
In the video, we are introduced to Michael Morlock, a Buffalo resident and nursing school graduate, who is struggling to make ends meet and has found himself getting in line at soup kitchens and picking through canned items at local food panties.
As we revel in the excitement of a city currently amidst a "renaissance", let's not forget that a large segment of the population is feverishly awaiting for a good neighbor to lend a helping hand.
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