AOL names Albany nation's "fourth poorest city"

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.

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.

To see the list, click HERE.


Jack_Frost 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow. This is breaking news? That article is from Friday and you've contributed nothing new as of 4:30 on Tuesday. Nice.


ustaknow 2 years, 11 months ago

Even so- we are not without hope for change. We need to do 3-4 things to start a change in attitudes

as to City attracting business - we need to be much more business city by RELAXING sign ordinance we have been retail hub of Southwest Ga and we can keep that status if we attract business but you can not ask them to come here and the code them to death such that they are inhibited from making their business grow.

as to City Aesthetics- we need to clean the sidewalks of the dirt and mow the grass and weed eat the grass growing in the street- we need to trim the trees and just generally clean up the city- it is trashier than I have ever seen it and i have lived here more than 40 years

As to City strengths- 4 colleges and world class medical facility and wild animal park we need to offer tax credits for medical professionals to open offices and bring jobs with them- say no property tax for 5 years on new facilities and 2 years on existing facilities.

as to schools- they are doing everything right- so just let them do what they are doing

as to wild animal park -same song second verse- Doug Porter is doing everything right.

as to industry- why not go after ones we can attract with the resources we have- for instance WATER- man do we sit on abundant water and we could offer property tax breaks and free water to get jobs into vacant industrial properties.

as to city crime - Our new police chiefs seems to be doing much right so we just let him keep doing what he is doing.

So in summary lets work on attracting business and cleaning up city and rest will take care of itself.


waltspecht 2 years, 10 months ago

Come on now, Education doing things RIGHT! You have got to be kidding or you haven't interviewed any High School Graduates for the last fifteen years.


ustaknow 2 years, 10 months ago

the schools i refer to are the Colleges- not the lower level- we know the 1-12 are kaputz right now- but highlighting the colleges in the above comment


jaytea 2 years, 11 months ago

It is sad to see this out like it is, but did they have to use the picture of a woman/child. Albany is the only city listed with people shown. (I know, I need priorities).


TrixibelleBento 2 years, 11 months ago

I noticed that too. Cumberland MD looked really pretty, while Albany had a picture of a woman and child on a dirt road. I wonder where they got the photos from and who decided what to print.


Momof3 2 years, 11 months ago

I said the SAME thing!! They coudn't use a picture of one of our historical buildings, the civic center, the Ray Charles Plaza, nothing.. all the other cities have really nice pictures and Albany... ughhhhhh


Terihdfxr 2 years, 10 months ago

Ladies I agree. Looks like they could of chosen a better pic thatn that. I looked up the info on the article and sent him my opinion on that decision of running that pic. Here is his info. douglasamcintyre@247wallst.com Douglas McIntyre Phone: 917-865-2143 Toll Free 1-888-629-7130


LikeItIs 2 years, 10 months ago

I found the picture of the woman and child to be VERY appropriate. The high percentage of single parent households is a large reason for the existence of the generational cycle of poverty which is so pervasive in Albany. Read the birth announcements in the Herald. There are far too many announcements which lack a fathers name. There are certainly exceptions, but children hailing from a household with one parent missing are at an automatic disadvantage, which shows itself thru poor High School graduation rates, and another generation of children born to children.

A FORMER Albany resident.


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DRTexas 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree that education is a factor. But the low pay, and the terrible work ethic of the vast majority of the labor force are the largest contributing factors. Those who are happy with low wages, or their gubmint check, stay in Albany. Those of us who can do better leave for areas that pay well for hard work.


Shinedownfan 2 years, 11 months ago

When kids are raised seeing mom and grandma (not daddy, cause he dont come around) walking to the mailbox for a check, they think this is what life is all about. They know nothing else. A first grade teacher once told me that one of her students felt sorry for her. When the teacher asked why, the child said "Because you are the only person I know that has to go to work". The prevalence of this mentality is the main reason Albany remains poor.


supersquawker 2 years, 11 months ago

I think maybe part of the problem is that too many people are "Ridin' around and gettin' it" rather than getting married, getting a job, raising children in 2-parent homes, working and saving money to take care of themselves and their children. Surely you all realize that there is a direct correlation between poverty and single-parent (99.9% mothers) households which is the predominate Albany situation.


billybob 2 years, 10 months ago

Whew. It's a good thing this thing was published in AOL, otherwise people may have seen it.


LikeItIs 2 years, 10 months ago

Contrary to some other posters, I found the picture to be a PERFECT illustration of one of the primary causes of Albany's poor performance. The lady and child in the picture may themselves be a part of a family which includes a husband/father, but far too many households in Albany are single parent. Reading the birth announcements in the Herald is a depressing exercise with far too many children listed without a father. There are, of course, exceptions, but the child in the picture is likely to continue the generation to generation trend of poor educational performance. She is also likely to become a mother herself far too soon, seduced by another child who is long on trash talk but short on responsibility. I have recently been fortunate to leave Albany. The poor work ethic, lack of customer service skills, pathetic government, and dependency on handouts by much of the population got to be too much.
Decisions made by local government in the last 60 years have sown many of the problems in the town today. It will take leadership willing to make tough decisions and anger the established "good ole boys" network. Unfortunately, I do not see this happening.


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