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Data finds Johnstown to be 'poorest town' in PA

By: Marc Stempka

NEW YORK -- In a new report analyzing data by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 24/7 Wall St. found a western Pennsylvania city as the state's poorest town.

According to 24/7 Wall St., Johnstown, Cambria County, was determined the poorest town in the Commonwealth.

According to the data, Johnstown, with a city population of 20,740, has 26.8 percent of its population living in the poverty rate.

The median household income in the city is $25,542, compared to the state median average household income of $52,548, according to the website.

"Relatively low education attainment levels in Johnstown likely contributed to the town's low median household income," according to 24/7 Wall St.

Just 11.2 percent of adults in Johnstown had at least a bachelor's degree, compared to 27.5 percent statewide, according to the data.

Johnstown is about three hours west of Harrisburg.

Known for three floods that ravaged the city and by hockey fans as part of the film 'Slapshot,' Johnstown has seen a steady decline in population over the past few decades, being hit considerably by the closing of coal mines and steel mills in the 1970s and 1980s.

For other states surrounding Pennsylvania, Elsmere, Delaware; Cumberland Maryland; and Pleasantville, New Jersey, were those states respective poorest towns.

See the full list and article here: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/06/05/the-poorest-town-in-each-state/

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