Forbes: Macon has seventh-poorest metro area in U.S.

Macon has the seventh-poorest metro area in the U.S., according to Forbes magazine.

In an article published last week, Forbes cited Macon’s per capita income ($21,913), its number of food-stamp recipients (15 percent of the 226,170 metro population) and the percentage of its poorest income earners who fall “below 50 percent of the poverty line” (8.9 percent).

Albany was No. 4 on the list, which was headed by McAllen, Texas, followed by Brownsville, Texas. Pine Bluff, Ark., ranked third.

The magazine noted “Macon has less food stamp recipients than (Albany). ... Macon has slightly higher per capita incomes than Albany, but its poorest 20 percent earn less.”

Georgia, Texas and Michigan (Flint and Saginaw) were the only states with two metro areas on the list.