Report: Nation Losing Battle Against Poverty; Boise Improving

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Boise is ranked 92nd out of 100 metro areas polled in a new survey taking the pulse of poverty in America. The ranking is a vast improvement for Boise, which ranked 52nd in the last survey.

The analysis from the Brookings Institute, The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty, utilized data collected in the recent census. Nationwide, the report found that extremely poor neighborhoods, those that experienced poverty rates of 40 percent or more, made a large jump since the last census. An additional 2.2 million Americans crossed over to poverty since the previous survey.

“Concentrated poverty walls off vulnerable families from educational and employment opportunities and holds back our economic recovery," said Elizabeth Kneebone, lead author of the report. "We need smart regional policies that reduce economic segregation and foster stronger connections between lower-income communities and areas of opportunity throughout our metropolitan areas.”

Those living in extreme-poverty neighborhoods rose by one-third in the last decade while the fastest growth rate of concentrated poverty was in suburbs. Suburbs experienced a 41 percent growth in poverty while cities experienced a 17 percent increase.

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