More poor people now live in U.S. suburbs than cities - study

WASHINGTON Mon May 20, 2013 12:55pm EDT

Newly constructed homes in an unfinished subdivision is surrounded by weeds in Coolidge, Arizona December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Newly constructed homes in an unfinished subdivision is surrounded by weeds in Coolidge, Arizona December 6, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people living in poverty in U.S. suburbs surpassed the number of poor in cities over the past decade, driven by strong growth in overall suburban populations, according to an analysis released on Monday.

The change is posing a challenge to some traditional U.S. approaches to fighting poverty, which were aimed primarily at poverty in urban settings, the Brookings Institution study found.

The number of poor people living in suburbs rose 64 percent between 2000 and 2011, reaching 16.4 million, it showed. The number of poor people living in urban areas increased 29 percent to 13.4 million.

"Despite the fact that 'poverty in America' still conjures images of inner-city slums, the suburbanization of poverty has redrawn the contemporary American landscape," authors Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube wrote in "Confronting Suburban Poverty in America."

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Aaron-Richoux wrote:
Poverty in Urban areas increased 29% and 64% in suburban areas. We are getting a lot poorer as a nation. That’s the news.

May 20, 2013 1:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
branchltd wrote:
Uncle Sam got sll their money.

May 20, 2013 1:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse wrote:
Makes sense. Population is growing. A larger percentage of the population is poor. Got to live somewhere. This poses a huge problem for public education. Used to be we’d just stigmatize the inner cities and sweep it under the rug.

May 20, 2013 1:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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