Poverty growing, changing around the Midwest
Stereotypes of people living in poverty are persistent.
But Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution says these stereotypes are becoming less accurate.
A report released today by the Institution shows poverty is growing and affecting many it didn’t touch before.
Some highlights from the report:
- Concentrated poverty rose in Midwestern cities, but the number of people living in very poor neighborhoods is rising faster in the suburbs.
- Poverty still affects communities of color in the inner cities. But, over the last decade poverty has grown among the number of well-educated white people living outside cities.
- In the last decade concentrations of poverty have crept back up. That's where 40 percent of the people in a particular neighborhood live below the federal poverty line. These kinds of concentrations were on the decline up until 2000.
- These concentrations of poverty almost doubled in the Midwest over the last decade.
See more highlights, and read the entire report, at the Brookings Institution website.
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