See Where Worcester Ranks Among Neediest Cities in U.S.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Worcester ranks 105th out of 182 ranked cities.
“According to Feeding America, food insecurity plagues every U.S. county, with more than 41 million individuals lacking access to adequate food. More than 40 million, or 12.7 percent of the population, live in poverty. And in the absence of more affordable housing or accommodations provided by relatives or friends, many must take to the streets or shelters. A report published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness shows that nearly 565,000 people — many of them children — had been homeless at one point in January 2015,” said WalletHub.
- 95th Best - Economic Well Being
- 116th Best - Health and Safety
- 181st - Lowest Uninsured Rate
Worcester is ranked behind Tampa, Florida and Wichita, Kansas who rank 103rd and 104th respectively.
Worcester ranks ahead of Missoula, Montana and Seattle, Washington, who rank 106th and 107th respectively.
Detroit, Michigan is ranked as the neediest city in the country, while Columbia, Maryland is the least needy.
See the Rankings in the Map Below
In order to determine the cities with the neediest populations, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across two key dimensions, namely “Economic Well-Being” and “Health & Safety.”
They evaluated those dimensions using 25 relevant metrics.
Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of economic disadvantage.
Lastly, they determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank the sample.
Economic Well-Being - Total Points: 60
- Child Poverty Rate: Triple Weight (~8.37 Points)
- Adult Poverty Rate: Triple Weight (~8.37 Points)
- Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Underemployment Rate: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Homelessness Rate: Triple Weight (~8.37 Points)
- Presence of Homeless Criminalization Laws: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Change in Family Homelessness (2017 vs 2016): Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Well-Being Index: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Consumer Bankruptcy Rate: Half* Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Foreclosure Rate: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Share of Delinquent Debtors: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Median Credit Score: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- High School Dropout Rate: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- Undereducated Rate: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
- “Economic Security” Ranking: Half* Weight (~1.40 Points)
- Economic Mobility: Full Weight (~2.79 Points)
Health & Safety - Total Points: 40
- Uninsured Rate: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Food Insecurity Rate: Double Weight (~8.00 Points)
- Share of Homes with Inadequate Plumbing: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Share of Homes with Inadequate Kitchens: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Share of Severely Overcrowded Homes: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Share of Offline Homes: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Share of Depressed Adults: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Suicide Rate: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Crime Rate: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
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484 Main St., Worcester
United Way of Central Massachusetts helps many local organizations gain funding to help community efforts.
Each year they post a wish list for their organizations that easily allows you to choose where to donate or volunteer this holiday season.
Photo: United Way of Central Massachusetts
125 Providence Street, Worcester
For 100 years, the Girls Inc. of Worcester has aimed to dedicate themselves to empowering young women, ranging from ages 5 to 18 to achieve their goals and dreams. The organization supports these women to become healthy, educated, and independent figures.
Points of emphasis that are translated from Girls Inc. of Worcester faculty to its clients include, appropriate ways to confront challenges, resisting peer pressure, and viewing college as a tangible facet in their lives
120 Thomas Street, Worcester
Founded in 1891, VNA Care Network has helped people of all ages cope with illness or injury while living at home. Our exceptional visiting nurses; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; social workers; and other professionals have helped us earn accreditation by The Joint Commission.
335 Chandler Street, Worcester
Since 1878, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children and families.
300 Barber Avenue, Worcester
Holy Trinity is a non-profit facility serving individuals who require a broad range of social, nursing and rehabilitation services in an atmosphere of quality care and Christian love, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, disability or Veteran's status.
222 Harrington Way, Worcester
We all know it as the EcoTarium and for all the fun and education.
Founded in 1825, the Worcester Natural History Society is a great place to play outside, play on the imagination playground and learn about the natural history of Worcester.
4 Mann Street, Worcester
Founded in 1973, The Bridge now serves over 1,200 individuals in residential and community settings.
Supports compassionate, evidence-based human services for those with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and complex family problems.
321 Main Street, Worcester
Mechanics Hall is the premier event venue and concert hall in Central Massachusetts. Renowned for its elegance and sound qualities, the Hall's cultural significance, its stunning décor and architectural detail have earned it a listing on the National Register of Historic Places
81 Gold Star Boulevard, Worcester
The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
65 Tainter Street, Worcester
The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester is to help youth develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and community leaders, through caring professional staff who forge relationships with our youth members and influence their ability to succeed in life.
10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA
The Jimmy Fund is always looking for people to donate blood and platelets for those undergoing cancer treatments and trauma victims.
You can also become a dedicated volunteer for Jimmy Funds many councils and promote their mission by hosting fundraising events.
Photo: The Jimmy Fund
100 Front St., Worcester, MA
Reliant Medical Group is an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of everyone in Central Massachusetts.
Donate to volunteer or participate in a 5k to help support the many other non-profits that they are engaged in.
Photo: Reliant Medical Group
85 Green St, Worcester, MA
AIDS Project Worcester provides housing for those who are HIV positive and in need of financial assistance.
They also provide educational services to teach the community about AIDS and STD prevention.
Volunteer to help with their educational outreach or donate to support their cause.
1152 Pleasant Street, Worcester
Donate your car or volunteer to help support families affected by childhood cancer at Why Me and Sherry's House.
You can even help provide a family with meals or emergency childcare during their hardship.
Photo: Why Me and Sherry's House
14 East Worcester St., Worcester, MA
Ascentria Care Alliance is one of the largest community service organizations in the area and allows you to reach out in many different ways.
Volunteer as a tutor or skills trainer to help members of your community reach their full potential.
Photo: Ascentria Care Alliance
629 Salisbury Street, Worcester
The Jewish HealthCare Center is one of New England’s most respected HealthCare facilities, providing innovative long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, hospice services, home care services, and Alzheimer’s care to the community since 1916.
10 Prince Place, Newburyport, MA
Fraxa Research Foundation is on a mission to help to find a cure for Fragile X - a disease that affects intellectual abilities, and makes sufferes hyperactive, hypersentitive to light and noise and prone to seizures.
You can donate or tribute a gift in honor of someone suffering from Fragile X.
Photo: Fraxa Research Foundation
2000 Century Dr., Worcester, MA
American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts is always looking for volunteers to donate blood, organize fundraisers, and donate non-monetary items like credit card rewards and goods.
The Red Cross prevents and relieves suffering to those in the community including military families in need.
One Clarks Hill, Framingham, MA
Advocates Inc. assists the disabled and elderly with home ownership and sustaining satisfying work and personal relationships.
Intern, or donate online when you do your personal shopping on Amazon, overtime you shop Advocates receives a percentage of your total purchase - making it easy to give and receive.
Photo: Advocates, Inc.
One Salem Square, Worcester
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
766 Main St, Worcester
It is where the community comes together. The Y offers programs for youth development, to promote healthy living and to promote social reposibility.
Four locations throughout the region
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Central Community Branch
Greendale Family Branch
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