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Concentration of poverty in the new millennium: Changes in the prevalence, composition, and location of high-poverty neighborhoods

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Jargowsky, Paul A.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium, authored by TCF fellow and CURE director Paul A. Jargowsky, is the first to compare the 2000 census data with the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS), revealing the extent to which concentrated poverty has returned to, and in some ways exceeded, the previous peak level in 1990.Concentrated poverty is defined as census tracts where more than 40 percent of households live below the federal poverty threshold, currently set at approximately $23,000 per year for a family of four. The Century Foundation/CURE report further reveals that the most significant increases in concentrated poverty occurred, not in the major cities, but rather in small to mid-sized metropolitan areas. (Author introduction exerpt) 

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