Rise of the Suburban Poor

October 17, 2010

FOR more than half a century, Americans have fled the cities in their millions, heading away from crime and poverty towards better schools and safer neighbourhoods in the suburbs. Now poverty is catching up with them. According to two new reports from the Brookings Institution, over the past decade the number of poor people in the suburbs has jumped by a whopping 37.4% to 13.7m, compared with some 12.1m people below the poverty line in cities.

via theamericandogmag.com

Although poverty rates remain higher in the inner cities, the gap is narrowing.

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