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Tue November 15, 2011
Poverty in the Suburbs
By the end of 2010, over 15 percent of the nation’s population lived below the federal poverty line— that's just over $22 thousand dollars for a family of four.
Over a ten-year span, the US saw the poor population grow by 12.3 million, driving the total number of Americans in poverty to a historic high of 46.2 million.
...and the number of those poor people living in the suburbs increased by 25%. New research from the Brookings Institute explores how poverty is shifting from inner cities to the suburbs.
Today, we’ll explore these trends. We’ll look at New England cities, which have a higher poverty rate than the national, average - and see what’s happening in Connecticut suburbs. This program was produced with assistance from Betsy Kaplan.