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8. Jonesboro, Ark.

Median household income: $35,526
Percentage below poverty line: 25.5 percent (13th highest)
Unemployment rate: 7.6 percent
Population: 120,365

Unemployment here is well below the U.S. average of 9.1 percent, but the city still has an extremely high poverty rate. According to BestPlaces, roughly 20 percent of households in the city earn less than $15,000 each year.

(AP Photo/Tim Rand)

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