Share of Suburban Poor Living in High Poverty or Distressed Neighborhoods, 2008-12

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The Growth and Spread of Concentrated Poverty, 2000 to 2008-2012

July 31, 2014, Elizabeth Kneebone

While poverty increased and spread in the 2000s, it also became more concentrated in a small amount of distressed and high poverty neighborhoods. Concentrated poverty grew fastest in the suburbs between 2000 and 2008-12, and there are now nearly as many poor people living in suburban poor neighborhoods as in cities. Elizabeth Kneebone explains why this increased suburbanization of poverty can pose greater challenges.  

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