Census: More Americans Living in 'Poverty Areas'

In the most recent analysis to come from a bounty of data releases this week from the U.S. Census, Governing examines the growth of poverty, especially the areas where it concentrates.

"Poverty rates slowly climbed throughout much of the last decade and accelerated during the Great Recession. Now, a report published Monday by the Census Bureau estimates that more than a quarter of Americans live in areas of concentrated poverty," writes Mike Maciag.

Not only did poverty grow but more people now live in poverty areas, defined by the Census as census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or more. "From 2000 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty areas increased by 56 percent to 77 million; the total population rose just 10 percent."

For a bit more of a breakdown, Maciag also cites the states with the most residents living in poverty areas: "Nearly half – 49 percent – of Mississippi residents live in poverty areas, more than any other state. Others with higher percentages include New Mexico (43 percent), Kentucky (39 percent) and Arkansas (39 percent)."

Full Story: Where More People Are Living in High-Poverty Areas


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