New Census numbers released Tuesday claim Detroit is the nation's poorest big city.
Cleveland is ranked fourth, behind Detroit, Buffalo and Cincinnati.
The numbers measure poverty in the year 2006.
Twenty-seven percent of Clevelanders lived in poverty last year, according to census numbers. More than 32 percent lived in poverty in 2005.
Many Clevelanders claim the rankings are just random statistics that don't change their economic reality.
Bonnie Hunter says, "A lot of people are out of work. It's terrible."
Laquata Stratford says, "I don't think they got their numbers together."
Mayor Frank Jackson downplayed any cause for celebration at shedding the poorest city tag.
"I can't take solace in the fact we've gone from number one to number four. There are people who are unemployed and underemployed," he said.
The mayor thinks a regional view of the numbers provides a more encouraging outlook. Eighty percent of people who work in Cleveland live in the suburbs and the poverty figures for surrounding counties are much lower than Cuyahoga County's.
Those concerned with Cleveland's public relations image are grateful the city will be spared a day of newspaper stories and headlines trumpeting economic bad news.
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