Question by Jordan Mardan: How fast is suburban poverty growing?
Greensboro is not alone. The Brookings Institution published a report showing that from Las Vegas to Boise to Houston, suburban poverty has been growing over the past 7 years, in some slowly, in others by as much as 33 percent. “The enduring social and fiscal challenges for cities that stem from high poverty are increasingly shared by their suburbs,” the report concludes. It’s a problem some may assume is confined to the ragged fringes of so-called “inner ring” suburbs that directly border cities, places where the housing stock is older and from which many wealthier residents long ago departed. But this isn’t the case. “Overall … first suburbs did not bear the brunt of increasing suburban poverty in the early 2000s,” notes the Brookings report, which found that economic distress has spread to “second-tier suburbs and ‘exurbs’” as well.
The result is a historic milestone that has gone strangely ignored: For the first time ever, more poor Americans live in the suburbs than cities.
Answer by carrie
Well I think they are growing faster than the Government studies are telling us. I happen to live in one of the fastest growing counties in Mchigan, 6 years ago finding a apartment or rental home was next to impossible. Now the vacancy rate at the complex is about 30%. There are houses for sale everywhere. Michigan is in turmoil, its not a good place to be anymore, there are no jobs whatsoever. There is poverty everywhere in the U.S.. And frankly its scary.
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