Brief Concentrated Poverty
Dynamics of Change
G. Thomas Kingsley, Kathryn L.S. Pettit
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This brief compares metropolitan census tracts that improved with respect to poverty in the 1990s (poverty rate decreased by 5 percentage points or more) with those that worsened (poverty rate increased by 5 points or more); looking at the racial composition of both types and how the shares in both types varied in different locations within metropolitan areas and in different types of metropolitan areas nationally. It finds that while trends by these measures were considerably more favorable than in the 1980s, the 1990s still saw a mix of improving and worsening neighborhoods almost everywhere, warranting local action to address the challenges that both imply.
Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Social safety net
Tags Poverty Employment and income data