Elizabeth Kneebone Presents New Findings on Women and Poverty at Regional Convening

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  • August 08, 2013

At the Women’s Funding Network’s June 25th Regional Convening: “Women & the New Economy,” Elizabeth  gave a presentation highlighting how women have been affected by the changing landscape of poverty in metropolitan America and the role women’s foundations can play in reversing these trends. Below are a few of the new graphs and statistics Elizabeth shared, documenting the growth of the suburban female poor population.

  • Women continue to make up the majority of the metropolitan poor. In 2011, women and girls accounted for 55 percent of the poor population in both cities and suburbs of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
  • Between 2000 and 2011, the number of women and girls living in poverty in suburbs grew at more than twice the rate as in cities. In the suburbs, the number of girls living in poverty increased at a faster pace than the number of poor women, while in the cities, the reverse was true.

Percent Change in Poor Women, 2000 to 2011

Percent Change in Poor Women, 2000 to 2011

  • 87 of the top 95 metros saw significant increases in their female suburban poor population between 2000 to 2011. Metro areas with the fastest growth in the number of women in poverty coincided with regions that experienced some of the largest increases in their overall suburban poor populations, including Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (155 percent), Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (138 percent), Salt Lake City, UT (138 percent), Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (131 percent), Boise City-Nampa, ID (129 percent), and Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (128 percent).
  • For the first time, more poor women and girls now live in suburbs than in cities. Similar to the metropolitan poor population overall, in 2000 just under half of poor females lived in suburbs of the nation’s largest metro area, but by 2011 that share had risen to 55 percent.

Share of Poor Women in Metro America who live in Suburbs,
2000 and 2011

Share of Poor Women in Metro America who live in Suburbs, 2000 and 2011

For more information on these topics, check out this recap of the convening as well as Spotlight on Poverty’s comprehensive list of research on women and poverty.

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