Most Socially Deprived Cities

A new report evaluates the quality of life in the 100 largest U.S. cities and their suburbs.
June 23, 2004, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center has published "Quality of Life in the Nation's 100 Largest Cities and Their Suburbs: New and Continuing Challenges for Improving Health and Well-Being". The report and website describe changes from 1990 to 2000 in the rates of extreme and concentrated poverty, adults without high school diplomas, adults with college attendance, unemployment, violent crime and other characteristics for the largest 100 US cities. The report also ranks cities by a "Social Deprivation Index" and compares racial/ethnic diversity with "Quality of Life Indicators". In the nation’s 100 largest cities, the percentage of the population living in high poverty neighborhoods (greater than 40% living in poverty) fell from 9.8% to 6.1%. In Los Angeles it grew from 6.1% to 10.4%.

Thanks to Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty

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Published on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 in State University Of New York
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