Poor Population Growing In Area Suburbs

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
May 20, 2013

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The suburbs of New York and New Jersey are becoming home to more and more of the areas poor population.

According to an analysis of census data, by WashingtonD.C. based think tank The Brookings Institution, New York and Newark’s combined poor population dipped from 71 percent to 67 percent since 2000, while the poor population in the suburbs increased. Alan Berube is director of the Institute’s metropolitan policy program and co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America. He says the suburbs are growing faster than cities.

“Along with that growth has come growth in low income population and low wage jobs, secondly it’s about demographic change, immigration happening in the region but skipping the cities and moving straight to the suburbs where there is more affordable housing today.”

Berube says poverty in suburbia needs to be handled as a structural issue and says it is here to stay.


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