More poor US citizens living in the suburbs than the cities

‘More poor Americans live in suburbs’

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:05:07 GMT

For the first time in the United States’ history, more poor Americans are living in the suburbs than in metropolitan cities, a report reveals.

According to the report recently released by the Brookings Institution, the number of poor people in the American suburbs has reached above 16 million, showing a 63.6 percent increase from 2000 to 2011.

The report also lists the five hardest hit suburbs with poverty rates well above 100 percent, with Atlanta, Georgia at 159 percent; Austin, Texas at 143 percent; Salt Lake City, Utah at 142 percent; Las Vegas, Nevada at 139 percent; and Denver/Aurora, Colorado at 138 percent.

The increase in the number of poor people outside of cities is attributable to America’s poorly maintained infrastructure that has failed to address poverty among poor families and communities, the report stated.

“The problems of the growing suburban poor are now exacerbated by a weak economy and increasingly limited resources for nonprofits, philanthropies and government at all levels,” the report said.
A rise in the population and home prices are additional factors contributing to the increase of poverty in suburban areas, the report added.

Millions of Americans suffered a loss of wealth in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, widening the gap between the rich and poor.

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