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  • August 01, 2013

The Economist: Broke in the ‘burbs

The suburbs are where you will find America’s biggest and fastest-growing poor population. It is not easy to be poor anywhere, but the suburbs present particular difficulties.

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CommonWealth: Poverty sprawl

Michael Jonas of CommonWealth, a magazine covering politics, ideas, and civic life in Massachusetts, interviewed Alan Berube about the shifting geography of poverty in Greater Boston and nation-wide.

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CBS MoneyWatch: Poverty in the suburbs: Hidden and growing

The suburbs, long the place where people moved to escape urban problems, now have more poor people than cities do. However suburban poverty looks very different than its urban version.

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U.S. Catholic: Poverty Comes to Wisteria Lane: Serving the new suburban poor

Numbers of poor people in the suburbs are growing twice as fast as their city counterparts. But many of these picket-fence poor don’t know where to get help—or can’t bring themselves to ask.

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Federal Way Mirror: Suburban Poverty reflects new demographics in King County

“South King County serves as a poster child for the nationwide trend in suburban poverty,” writes Andy Hobbs.

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New York Times: In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters

A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston.

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Paul Krugman: Stranded by Sprawl

New research on social mobility suggests that sprawl — not just the movement of jobs out of the city, but their movement out of reach of many less-affluent residents of the suburbs, too — is also playing a role.

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Atlantic Cities: Poverty Maps From 1980 Look Astonishingly Different Compared to 2010

Emily Badger takes a look at the new mapping tool from the Urban Institute that tracks fine-grained Census data on poverty for every metropolitan area of the country, spanning the years from 1980-2010.

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