Augusta Mayor adds to criticism of “brokest cities” list

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaven has added his voice to that of Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson in criticizing the Daily Beast’s list of the 30 “brokest cities” in America.

“I applaud Teresa for being a voice for other Georgia cities,” Copenhaver told Columbus Ledger-Enquirer columnist Richard Hyatt. “Those rankings can damage a city’s reputation.”

In the rankings, Columbus, GA is said to be the number one brokest city based on

three data points  weighted equally: the most recently available unemployment rate (August 2011), median household income, and average debt. Data is from a recent report by Experian and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Under this system, Augusta come in at #10 “boasting 9.6 percent unemployment, median household income of $44,447 and average personal debt of $26,204.”

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