Suburban Poverty

Finally, the cultural poverty rampant in suburban America is matched by its economic counterpart:

A pair of analyses by the nonprofit Brookings Institution paints a bleak economic picture for the 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade and in coming years, and finds that suburbs now are home to one-third of the nation’s poor, and rising.

The study of census data finds that since 2000, the number of poor people in the suburbs jumped by 37.4 percent to 13.7 million. The growth rate of suburban poverty is more than double that of cities and higher than the national rate of 26.5 percent.

Suburban Poverty. A new social phrase indicative of the collapse of the middle class.

Although this number is negotiated by my position as a student, the last five years of my life have been spent making less than $10,830 annually.

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