Brief Measuring Inclusion in Small New England Cities
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Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Brady Meixell
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In this paper, we explore how small, lower-income cities in New England fare on inclusion compared to other small cities across the country. Specifically, we look at cities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island that are eligible for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge/Working Communities Challenge (WCC), and cities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont selected by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that meet similar size, income, and poverty thresholds. We find that these small, lower-income New England cities are more economically inclusive than other small cities nationally, but less racially inclusive, making them less inclusive overall.

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Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Wealth and financial well-being Social safety net Race and equity Housing
Tags Poverty Employment and income data Racial and ethnic disparities Housing and the economy Workers in low-wage jobs Homeownership Housing affordability Community and economic development Inequality and mobility Beyond high school: education and training Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial barriers to housing Racial homeownership gap Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in employment Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center