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The Rapid Rise of Suburban Poverty

Since 2000, poverty has grown twice as fast in America's suburbs as in America's cities. That is one of the findings from research on suburban poverty in America conducted by scholars Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube. The chart below shows this trend.

Chart: The Rapid Rise of Suburban Poverty, Poor Population in Cities and Suburbs, 95 Large Metro Areas, 1970 to 2012

Kneebone and Berube are co-authors of the 2013 book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, which "paints a new picture of poverty in the United States, presents examples of innovative models and solutions emerging in regions across the country, and offers recommendations for modernizing poverty alleviation and community development strategies in a way that reflects the scale of today’s need."

Read the authors' recent reflections on their travels to dozens of communities around America to understand poverty's rise and what it means for residents, communities and policymakers.

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