Suburban Poverty in the Denver Region Compares Favorably to National Averages

A more nuanced understanding of suburban poverty is available from an examination of the Denver region.
July 15, 2017, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Poverty has generally been rising faster in suburbs than in urban areas during the last 15 years, but that nationwide trend has been far less pronounced in metro Denver," reports John Aguilar.

Nevertheless, "the metro area overall has seen poverty reach more of its neighborhoods over the last decade and a half — with 111 high-poverty neighborhoods in 2015 compared to 44 in 2000," according to Aguilar.

Though suburban poverty is still a growing concern in many parts of the Denver region and around the state (Colorado Springs is the rare city in the state where poverty trends reflect national averages), Denver has not seen the same kind of out-movement of poverty as Chicago, for example.

The article includes more background on the history of suburban poverty, nationally and locally in the Denver region.

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Published on Friday, July 14, 2017 in The Denver Post
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