About a third of St. Louis area residents live in households that have income below 200 percent of poverty, according to recent data released by the United States Census Bureau.
That doesn’t sound good, but when compared to 34 peer regions, there are 24 metro areas worse off by that measurement than St. Louis. Memphis has 41.1 percent of its residents living in households that are under the 200 percent of poverty threshold. Miami comes in at 40.2 percent, and Los Angeles it’ 38.7 percent. St. Louis has 30.5 percent of individuals living below 200 percent of the poverty level, which at the metropolitan statistical area means 840,626 people.