No Other Big OC or SoCal City Has a Lower Population in Need Than Huntington Beach

Got my board, got my babe. got my bud, got my waves--what more do I need?
Got my board, got my babe. got my bud, got my waves--what more do I need?
Photo by Jacob Kahn/OC Weekly

The winter holiday season forces us to look at the hungry, the impoverished and the homeless, but those doing the looking in Huntington Beach see fewer of these needy folks among them than anywhere else in Orange County, Southern California and, other than in Fremont, anywhere else in the Golden State, according to newly released rankings.

Financial social network WalletHub released "an in-depth analysis of 2014's Cities with the Highest and Lowest Population in Need" and found Alameda County's Fremont at No. 7 just edged out Huntington Beach at No. 8 when it came to the top 10 cities with the lowest population in need. No other California city made the top 10 on the list that has Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the top.

But among the key stats from WalletHub was this: "The violent crime rate is 45 times higher in Detroit than in Irvine, Calif."

Ah, Detroit. It's the city with the highest population in need, based on the report that analyzed 16 key metrics such as the poverty rate, the food insecurity rate and the percentage of maltreated people to determine the highest and lowest concentrations of disadvantaged people.

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What I suppose we'd call the bottom 10 also includes two California cities: San Bernardino and Fresno.

For the full report, CLICK HERE.

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