The former NAPA building, as seen from the inside in the photo above, is on the path to rehabilitation thanks to a few key votes by the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority Wednesday.
ALBANY, Ga. — Using 2010 census data, AOL's Daily Finance has ranked the nation's poorest communities, with metro Albany coming in at No. 4.
The online publication used a variety of factors including median household income, unemployment and percentage of the population below the poverty level to create the list.
The report doesn't make it clear that the ranking is for the five-county Albany Metropolitan Statistical Area that includes Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Baker and Terrell counties, but it lists the population at 162,659, which is close to the 2010 census population of 157,308 for the metro area. The city's population, according to the 2010 census, was 77,434.
Mayor Willie Adams at Tuesday night's City Commission meeting said that while he wasn't sure which factors were considered in determining the list, he had no reason to doubt Albany's ranking.
The AOL report noted that the unemployment rate was 10.8 percent, the same as the Albany MSA's rate for August, according to the latest figures from the Georgia Department of Labor. Other numbers cited were a median household income of $34,002 and the percentage of the population living below the poverty line — 27.7 percent.
"You have to remember that Albany is the epicenter of one of the poorest congressional districts in the country," Adams said, "and that we're still dealing with the effects of a tough recession."
The only way to improve Albany's situation is through better education, he said, noting that the numbers indicate that a revamping of the educational system in Dougherty County is needed.
High teenage pregnancy rates, crime numbers and poverty are problems that all have an education component, he said.
"There is no number one answer to the problem, but by emphasizing educational accountability we can make strides toward fixing the problem," Adams said.
To see the list, go to www.albanyherald.com.
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