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In 10 years, the population of America’s 100 largest metros grew from 182 million to 197 million

In 10 years, the population of America’s 100 largest metros grew from 182 million to 197 million

The 100 largest metropolitan areas grew at a rate of 1.41 percent per year, which is rapid among advanced industrial nations.

Source: 2013, Concentrated Poverty and Regional Equity
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The US gained 6.2 million fewer jobs after the Great Recession than the 1980s recession

The US gained 6.2 million fewer jobs after the Great Recession than the 1980s recession

Weak job growth after the recession has contributed to historically high rates of long-term (more than six months) unemployment.

Source: 2013, Responding to Long-Term Unemployment
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Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy was valued at
$290 million in 2007

Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy was valued at $290 million in 2007

In 2007, Atlanta’s underground sex economy was nearly 2.5 times bigger than the 2013 payroll of the Atlanta Falcons.

Source: 2014, Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities
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$53,850: The average total debt among Americans with a credit file in 2013

That number was substantially higher for people with a mortgage ($209,768) than people without a mortgage ($11,592).

Source: 2014, Debt in America
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57% of student debt holders are worried they may be unable to repay

57% of student debt holders are worried they may be unable to repay

Women, the underemployed, and people with low incomes or financially dependent children are more likely to have repayment anxiety.

Source: 2013, Forever in Your Debt: Who Has Student Loan Debt, and Who’s Worried?
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20% to 50%: The variation in how much money trickles down to local public sectors

20% to 50%: The variation in how much money trickles down to local public sectors

Research indicates that more money in a local public sector appeared to increase a government’s effectiveness.

Source: 2013, Analyzing the Role of the Local Public Sector in Achieving Sustainable Development: Does More Spending at the Local Level Result in Better Development Outcomes?
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