Fayetteville ranks as the neediest city in North Carolina, according to WalletHub.com. Food insecurity and a number of other factors led to that No. 66 overall ranking.

During the holiday season, poverty, hunger and homelessness are top of mind, so when we take a look at the neediest cities in North Carolina, it’s important to have a little perspective.

WalletHub.com ranked 180 U.S. cities on 28 key indicators of neediness. These ranged from poverty levels, insurance rates, food insecurity and more. The results gave a startling, if unsurprising look at where people might need the most help.

Here in North Carolina, among the cities ranked by WalletHub, Fayetteville came in as the neediest – No. 66 overall in the country. That was just below Phoenix, Az. and just above Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fayetteville ranked fourth in the country in highest food insecurity rate, right along side several other military communities.

Here’s how all the cities in North Carolina ranked:

  • Fayetteville – 66
  • Greensboro – 81
  • Winston-Salem – 91
  • Charlotte – 137
  • Durham – 143
  • Raleigh – 163

The neediest cities in the country, which you can see in the gallery below, are all over the map. Meanwhile, on the other end of the rankings, Columbia, Maryland and Pearl City, Hawaii were the least needy in the country.

Source: WalletHub

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Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.