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7. Las Cruces, N.M.

Median household income: $35,230
Percentage below poverty line: 26.3 percent (10th highest)
Unemployment rate: 6.5 percent
Population: 210,538

The second largest city in New Mexico has one of the highest rates of people living in poverty in the country. The last ten years have seen incomes drop and the number of middle class households decline. It's located in the center of an agricultural region irrigated by the Rio Grande, but it lacks a central business district. According to the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research, "the structure of Las Cruces' economy remains overly dependent on low-wage service industries such as retail, accommodations, and food services."

(AP Photo/Las Cruces Police Department)

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