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DailyFinance.com: America's Poorest Cities

9. Steubenville, Ohio-Weirton, W.Va.

Median household income: $35,666
Percentage below poverty line: 16.7 percent (148th highest)
Unemployment rate: 10.9 percent
Population: 124,257

The economy here used to be driven by the steel industry, and as recently as 2010, the area's unemployment rate was as high as 15 percent. Median household income in the area is about $15,000 less than the national average. Fortunately, the city sits directly atop the Marcellus Shale. This vast geological formation, which stretches across several states, contains an enormous quantity of natural gas that only has become accessible in recent years, thanks to a drilling technique called fraccing. The natural gas boom in the greater Marcellus Shale region has already brought 300 jobs to the area, according to ABC News, and it is expected that 10,000 more will be generated here in the next three years.

(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

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