The recently released Census figures paint a grim picture of Camden. One that is worse than the year before.
According to the new estimates, Camden is the poorest city in the country with a poverty rate of 42.5 percent. The rate for children living in poverty in Camden was even higher with a rate of 56.7 percent.
Other stark statistics included Camden's median income in 2011 was $21,191, the lowest among the 555 cities and places surveyed. It was a huge drop from Camden's median income in 2010 of $28,720.
The 26 percent decrease in median income put Camden at the top of the list in an almost tie with Goodyear, Ariz., which had a 26.5 percent drop.
In an e-mail Friday, I asked city spokesman Robert Corrales how the Mayor Dana L. Redd reacted to the news and what she is doing to address the situation.
Here is what he said: