Amarillo One Of The Neediest Cities? According To This, We Are.
Throughout the months of November and December, we've seen a lot of different holiday types of drives happening. We've seen the usual Toys 4 Tots, food bank food drive, coat drives, etc. I mean, we even held our own drive with Help 4 The Holidays.
Every city has people in need, that need help throughout the year. However, what I saw in a report from WalletHub shocked and surprised me.
They recently compared more than 180 cities to one another to give us a look at what cities and areas in the U.S. are struggling the most. Not the cities themselves, but the people within the city. Amarillo popped up on this list, and it wasn't good.
According to the results, Amarillo is among the 75 "neediest" cities in America. Not a list we want to be on. So what constitutes being a needy city? This report took 28 different things into account, such as food insecurity, child poverty, and uninsured rates among other things.
When it came to economic well-being, we checked in pretty much in the middle at 96. That's not too bad and wouldn't constitute us being one of the needier cities in the country. It's relatively affordable to live in Amarillo, and the salaries are pretty commensurate with the cost of living here.
Where Amarillo found itself in a bad spot was when it came to health and safety. We ranked 25th in that category, and in this report, the bigger number you had, the better shape you were in.
It kind of makes sense to be honest. Every time I've had to go into the ER or doctor's office, it seems like it's overloaded with people. When it comes to safety though, that's where I think we got hammered. With the amount of crime that seems to happen within city limits, that had to drive the number up. The number of murders per capita alone here probably ranked us higher than we wanted to be.
You can take a look at where we rank against other cities below.