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Study: Suburban "Extreme-Poverty" Neighborhoods Increase

 

The number of extreme-poverty neighborhoods, where at least 40 percent of individuals live below the poverty line, has risen nationally by nearly one third over the last decade, with numbers rising more than twice as fast in suburbs as in cities, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution.

In the study, "The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s", Brookings finds that the levels of extreme-poverty neighborhoods have erased reductions throughout the 1990s and have increased even from pre-1990s numbers.

In Connecticut:

  • The Hartford Metropolitan Area saw its Concentrated Poverty Rate increase to 19.9% in 2009 from 18.2% in 2000.
  • The New Haven Metropolitan Area saw its Concentrated Poverty Rate increase to 19.8% in 2009 from 17.8% in 2000.
  • The Bridgeport-Stamford Metropolitan Area saw its Concentrated Poverty Rate increase to 8.8% in 2009 from 8.5% in 2000.

To Learn More:
Read the Study
Read the Connecticut Profiles: HartfordNew Haven, Bridgeport-Stamford
WNPR's Where We Live, 11/15: Poverty in the Suburbs

 
 

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