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Is Suburbia the new frontier of poverty in North Carolina?

A new report by the N.C. Budget and Tax Center finds the number of poor individuals living in the suburbs grew by 40 percent between 2000 and 2006-2010.

Although residents of urban areas are still more likely to be poor than suburban residents, the report said, the suburbs’ poor population grew 13 times more than in urban areas and the number of high-poverty neighborhoods grew more than 4 times faster in the suburbs.

African Americans and Latinos living in the suburbs were 2 times to 4 times more likely to be poor than their white counterparts,  between 2006-2010. They were also 2 to 4 times more likely to live in high-poverty neighborhoods than whites, respectively.

Other key findings from the BTC brief include:

  • From 2006-2010, the poor population living in high-poverty suburban neighborhoods quadrupled, far outpacing the growth rates in urban areas and at the state level.
  • North Carolinians living in high-poverty neighborhoods face restricted access to the
    education, jobs and social networks that can improve their financial standings.
    Research shows that high neighborhood-poverty rates can lead to negative
    neighborhood outcomes such as low-quality educational opportunities, weaker
    employment networks, poorer health outcomes, and elevated levels of crime.
  • Given the quick shift in the economic landscape of suburban areas, strengthening suburban safety nets and coordinating anti-poverty efforts at the regional level will be essential for rebuilding North Carolina’s economy.

To read the full report by the Budget and Tax Center’s Tazra Mitchell, click here.

3 Comments


  1. CAPT

    August 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    its sad NC doesnt have better public transit.

  2. clatrence swinney

    August 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

    CONGRESS AND WHITE HOUSE ARE OWNED BY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
    GET $$$$$ OUR OF OUR GOVERNMENT

    IT IS A SHAME THAT OUR SENATOR WAS A FRESHMAN AND HAD 1.3M IN HIS CAMPAIGN PIGGY BANK ONLY A FEW MONTHS AFTER BEING ELECTED

    Max Baucus—Chair Senate Finance Comm—70% poll for Public option–
    Bill hit his comm— first act—removed public option for debate
    shocked me—I trusted him. Zap. Report=he had $1,900,00 in his campaign kitty from health care industry..

    The millions spent by thousands of Lobbyists expect favors. Buy them.

    We need a Washington revolution and kick all out

    Obama lost me with Gay Marriage. Totally disgusted. I am in a position I trust no one in Washington. I know few are very good but $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ BUYS ANYONE

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ OUT OF GOVERNMENT—— QUICK

    NYT had superb article on Wall Street employees going into many many many government jobs in Congress and White House

    They left for a much lower paying job.
    Conclusion—Wall Street biggies are placing them in positions to make decisions for Wall Street.
    Pay under table or? Many have done this. Worked in Wash for few years then back to Wall street into a higher paying job

    This is sad sad. RULES MUST CHANGE

    NO $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ IN WASHINGTON

    NYT had article on Interconnectivity between Board Of Directors in WSA firms
    You vote for my pay+pension I vote for yours
    sickening

    5 big banks own 50% of deposits in 7000 banks and 10 own 80%

    Restate Glass Steagall—separate Casinos from local banks

    County Banking Systems—local wealth kept local to create more local wealth and jobs
    WASHINGTON SOLUTIONS (Congress + White House)
    Requires overturning Corp is a person
    1. fed fund election—6 mos-3 primary 3 general—free equal tv time—debate a week=12=adequate to evaluate candidates NO $$ =O
    2. Since they will not need campaign funds Ban them from receiving anything of a financial value this closes K St.
    3. Progressive Flat Tax by group—We have the income to pay our way-do it
    We rank #2 as lowest taxed in OECD nations. We have an income of $14,00 billion yet tax 2400 and borrow 1300. Dumb?

  3. david esmay

    August 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Swinney, you’re all over the place, focus.

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