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4. Albany, Ga.

Median household income: $34,002
Percentage below poverty line: 27.7 percent (5th highest)
Unemployment rate: 10.8 percent
Population: 162,659

The ninth-largest city in the state of Georgia has the fifth-highest poverty rate in the country. In 2008, the Cooper Tire and Rubber plant, at the time one of the city's largest employers, closed, laying off more than 1,400 employees. The city's unemployment rate is substantially higher than the national average.

(AP Photo/Elliott Minor)

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