Poor People and Poor Neighborhoods in The Washington Metropolitan Area

Research Report

Poor People and Poor Neighborhoods in The Washington Metropolitan Area

Abstract

This report is the first in a series of studies that will analyze demographic and socio-economic conditions in the Washington metropolitan area from a detailed, spatial perspective. It uses 1980 and 1990 Census data to describe where poor people live in our region, and how the poorest neighborhoodswhich demand the most public attentionare changing. This analysis provides a starting point for future studies of the Washington metropolitan region, which will focus on spatial patterns in employment opportunities, affordable housing, non-profit community organizations, access to financial capital, crime prevention, neighborhood quality, health, and welfare reform.

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