Thursday, June 1, 2023

Where Poverty Stubbornly Persists

From US News and World Report

More than 1 in 10 U.S. counties have experienced persistent poverty over the last 30 years, a new government report shows.

According to the report, published this month by the U.S. Census Bureau, a county was considered to be in persistent poverty if it maintained a poverty rate of 20% or higher at each of four touchstone periods reflected in the bureau’s data collection: 1989, 1999, 2005-2009 and 2015-2019.

The U.S. was home to 341 counties that met the criteria, accounting for 10.9% of the country’s more than 3,100 counties overall. Such counties have been concentrated particularly in the Southeast, central Appalachia, the Southwest and along the nation’s border with Mexico. Go here to read the entire story.