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November 29, 2008

Poverty Growing In The Suburbs – No Longer Isolated To Inner Cities and Rural America

Poverty in the United States is no longer predisposed to rural American and the inner city.  Poverty is spreading all across the nation and into the suburbs according to a study by the Federal Reserve’s Community Affairs department and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.

“It shows that concentrated poverty is still very much with us, and that it can be found among a much more diverse set of communities and families than previous research has emphasized,” said Bruce Katz, a director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.

“Poverty is spreading and may be re-clustering in suburbs, where a majority of America’s metropolitan poor now live.”

The study was released ahead of next week’s conference on concentrated poverty. The study, by design, did not give an explanation for the causes of poverty but in the past research have linked the growth in poverty to loss of jobs in manufacturing, agriculture and mining.

The collapse of the US housing market has produced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and poverty could get worse.

“Not only does concentrated poverty affect the big, older inner cities in the North, but it also exists within smaller cities in the South and West,” said Katz.

The case study shows that poverty is growing in all communities amongst all people – black, white, Latino and Native Americans.








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