Suburban Poverty Rising Higher than in Urban Areas

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At one time, the suburbs represented a comfy living away from the hustle and bustle of the city that suggested the suburbanites had substantial resources to separate them from others.  Now…not so much.

According to the Huffington Post, the middle class has taken such a blow in this economy that the suburbs is no longer a separation from the city, they’re merely an extension of it.  The Brookings Institution, produced a report that shows “the suburban poverty rate in America has climbed by 64 percent over the past decade, more than twice as fast as the poverty rate in urban areas.”

It seems unbelievable, but nearly 16.5 million people are living in poverty in the suburbs in comparison with the inner cities that level off at 13 million.  Elizabeth Kneebone, an author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, reports that ever suburb in America has seen increase in poverty.  She attributes the rise to two major components among others.

“Suburbs are increasingly home to new immigrant populations, either because they have communities there or networks there or they’re following affordable housing opportunities or jobs,” she said. “In tight housing markets, where city housing has become so expensive, people have been looking for more affordable options further out.”

Wow! Who would’ve thought they would be looking for affordable housing in the suburbs.  Kneebone also discusses the role of gentrification projects throughout urban centers as being a major component.

Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks


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