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    Food hardship by MSA, 2010

    One in five Cali­for­ni­ans said they struggled to af­ford enough food for them­selves and their fam­ily last year, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by the Food Re­search and Ac­tion Cen­ter.

    The rate in Cali­for­nia was slightly high­er than the na­tion­al av­er­age of 18 per­cent. Here’s a look at how the top 100 met­ro­pol­it­an areas com­pare across the na­tion.

    Read More: Re­port finds 20% of Cali­for­ni­ans struggled to feed their fam­il­ies in 2010

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    March 5, 2011
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    Rank Metropolitan statistical area Food hardship rate
    53 Akron, OH 18.7%
    72 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 16.9%
    19 Albuquerque, NM 21.5%
    68 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 17.2%
    26 Anchorage, AK 21.0%
    7 Asheville, NC 23.9%
    20 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 21.4%
    36 Austin-Round Rock, TX 20.2%
    9 Bakersfield, CA 23.7%
    65 Baltimore-Towson, MD 17.5%
    38 Baton Rouge, LA 20.0%
    11 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 23.4%
    32 Boise City-Nampa, ID 20.6%
    89 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 14.5%
    75 Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, FL 16.4%
    99 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 11.8%
    88 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 14.8%
    48 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 19.2%
    50 Charleston-N Charleston-Summerville, SC 18.8%
    43 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 19.6%
    83 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 16.0%
    64 Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 17.7%
    55 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 18.5%
    62 Colorado Springs, CO 17.9%
    12 Columbia, SC 22.9%
    57 Columbus, OH 18.4%
    37 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 20.1%
    15 Dayton, OH 22.1%
    50 Denver-Aurora, CO 18.8%
    82 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 16.1%
    55 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 18.5%
    73 Durham, NC 16.6%
    1 Fresno, CA 27.2%
    42 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 19.7%
    4 Greensboro-High Point, NC 24.9%
    15 Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC 22.1%
    75 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 16.4%
    95 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 13.4%
    90 Honolulu, HI 14.4%
    15 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 22.1%
    29 Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 20.7%
    20 Jacksonville, FL 21.4%
    68 Kansas City, MO-KS 17.2%
    14 Knoxville, TN 22.2%
    18 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 21.7%
    96 Lancaster, PA 13.0%
    41 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 19.8%
    45 Little Rock-N Little Rock-Conway, AR 19.5%
    24 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 21.2%
    8 Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 23.8%
    100 Madison, WI 10.3%
    29 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 20.7%
    27 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 20.9%
    91 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 14.3%
    98 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 12.0%
    32 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN 20.6%
    81 New Haven-Milford, CT 16.2%
    27 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 20.9%
    85 New York-North New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 15.7%
    22 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 21.3%
    22 Oklahoma City, OK 21.3%
    50 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 18.8%
    10 Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 23.6%
    35 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 20.3%
    71 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 17.0%
    79 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 16.3%
    38 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 20.0%
    86 Pittsburgh, PA 14.9%
    60 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 18.1%
    57 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 18.4%
    67 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 17.4%
    34 Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA 20.4%
    75 Raleigh-Cary, NC 16.4%
    46 Richmond, VA 19.4%
    2 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 26.2%
    93 Rochester, NY 14.0%
    70 Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 17.1%
    63 Salt Lake City, UT 17.8%
    29 San Antonio, TX 20.7%
    60 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 18.1%
    86 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 14.9%
    97 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 12.5%
    59 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 18.2%
    83 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 16.0%
    92 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 14.2%
    53 Spokane, WA 18.7%
    12 Springfield, MA 22.9%
    65 St. Louis, MO-IL 17.5%
    49 Syracuse, NY 19.1%
    24 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 21.2%
    38 Toledo, OH 20.0%
    46 Tucson, AZ 19.4%
    6 Tulsa, OK 24.2%
    75 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 16.4%
    94 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 13.7%
    43 Wichita, KS 19.6%
    3 Winston-Salem, NC 25.0%
    79 Worcester, MA 16.3%
    73 York-Hanover, PA 16.6%
    5 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 24.8%

    Sources: Food Research and Action Center

    Credits: Megan Garvey, Ben Welsh

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