Concentrated Poverty

Concentrated Poverty in the News

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Here is a roundup of some of the national and regional coverage Elizabeth’s brief The Growth and Spread of Concentrated Poverty, 2000 to 2008-12 has received since its release two weeks ago.

The Washington Post, Poverty consolidated and spread to the suburbs during the 2000s, report finds

GovBeat’s Niraj Chokshi discusses the growth of poor suburban neighborhoods, their shifting geography and demographics, and the growth in share of suburban poor living in very poor neighborhoods.

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Poverty and Disadvantage Continue to Concentrate in the Suburbs

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Barbara Ray

It’s easy to conjure up images of concentrated poverty in the inner city.

As Alex Kotlowitz described it in his 1991 book There Are No Children Here: “There were no banks, only currency exchanges, which charged customers up to $8000 for every welfare check cashed. There were no public libraries, movie theaters, skating rinks, or bowling alleys to entertain the neighborhood’s children. For the infirm, there were two neighborhood clinics . . .  both of which teetered on the edge of bankruptcy and would close by the end of 1989. Yet the death rate of newborn babies exceeded infant mortality rates in a number of third world countries, including Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba and Turkey. And there was no rehabilitation center, though drug use was rampant.”

But in the suburbs?
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Research Brief: The Growth and Spread of Concentrated Poverty, 2000 to 2008-12

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While poverty increased and spread in the 2000s, it also became more concentrated in high-poverty and economically distressed neighborhoods, and those neighborhoods were increasingly located in the suburbs. By 2008-2012, the suburbs accounted for 40 percent of residents living in such areas in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. Elizabeth explains why this increased concentration of poverty in suburban communities can pose greater challenges.

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