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Worcester Ranked Among Cities Hit Hardest by Extreme Poverty

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

 

The City of Worcester is ranked among cities that have been hit the hardest by extreme poverty.

According to a new study by USA Today, Worcester is ranked 20th on a list of the 20 cities hit hardest by extreme poverty.

About Worcester, USA Today writes:

Since 2010, the share of the Worcester metro area’s poor population living in neighborhoods where at least 40% of the population live below the poverty line increased by 3.6 percentage points to 12.0%. The increase in concentrated poverty was more rapid than in all but 19 other metro areas nationwide. Over the same period, the number of Worcester neighborhoods in which at least 40% of the population are poor doubled from four to eight.

Despite the rapid increase in concentrated poverty in the metro area, Worcester is not as poor as the country as a whole. Both the metro area’s overall poverty rate of 11.4% and concentrated poverty rate of 12.0% are below the corresponding national rates of 14.2% and 12.9%.

  • 2010-2016 increase in concentrated poverty: 3.6 ppts (+6,132 people)
  • Concentrated poverty rate: 12.0%
  • 2010-2016 increase in number of poor neighborhoods: +4 (+100%)
  • Unemployment in poor neighborhoods: 16.1%

 

The Rankings

Worcester is ranked directly behind Jackson, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee, who rank 19th and 18th respectively.

Bakersfield, California is ranked as the city that has been hit the hardest.

The Method

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 24/7 Wall St. compared the percentage point change in concentrated poverty rates in U.S. metro areas between 2010 and 2016 to identify the cities where concentrated poverty is increasing most.

The cities on the list span the United States geographically, from the West Coast to the East and from the South to the Midwest.

 

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