It is clear that not all the citizens in the United States are living in the standard degree of wellness. The poverty rates keep increasing year by year despite the tireless effort carried out by the U.S. government. The poverty is often found in the suburb areas around a big city. According to the Brooking Institute, the poor populations of suburb areas in the country’s largest metros grow by 25% between 2000 and 2008. The family living in these areas average only $44,700 each year for a family of four.
The 24/7 Wall St. comes with a result of the study conducted by the Brooking Institute about the poorest suburb areas in the U.S in order to understand the situation and to find out the solution to the problems. Here is the rank, 10 poorest neighborhoods in America.
1. McAllen, Texas
The poverty rate of this suburb area is 36.7 percent. The city poverty rate is 28.3 percent and the number of suburb poor is 217,736. The Brooking has it that the 2009 research found that 35.4 percent of McAllen’s suburban poor residents are not born in America. In June 2011, the unemployment rate grew 1.1 percent from the month before. Even so, the economy of this area has been growing significantly in the last few years.
2. El Paso, Texas
The suburban poverty rate is 31.0 percent while the city poverty rate is 24.3 percent. The number of suburban poor in El Paso is 41,059. The unemployment in the area is 17 percent higher than the national average, which is at 10.9 percent. The improvement in the area is felt soon after the government expanded the military base Fort Bliss.
3. Bakersfield, Calif.
The city and suburban poverty rate are 16.7 percent and 24.2 percent. The number of suburban poor is 105,030. Based on the Brooking research, the poverty in Bakersfield grew 23 percent from 2007 to 2009. The industries in the area need a big number of human resources but the money the people earn cannot lift them out of the situation.
4. Fresno, Calif.
The residents of Fresco particularly depend on agriculture. The suburban poverty rate is 18.8 percent, the city poverty rate is 25.5 percent while the number of suburban poor is 79,359. It is all because being a farmer means getting little money. The prices for the home in this area dropped 44 percent from 2007 to 2009.
5. Lakeland, Fla.
In Lakeland, the suburban poverty rate is 15.8 percent. The city poverty rate is 13.3 percent and the number of suburban poor is 75,075. The rate of poverty in the suburb areas grew 3.2 percent from 2000 to 2008, meanwhile the rate of city poverty decreased by 1.7 percent.
6. Modesto, Calif.
Modesto is one of several areas badly hit by the housing bubble. The suburban poverty rate is 14.6 percent while the city is 13.5 percent. The number of suburban poor is 43,645.
7. Little Rock, Ark.
Within the last ten years, the rate of poverty in the suburb areas of Little Rock has grown 3.1 percent. The poverty rate of the suburb areas is 14.2 percent, while the city has 18.6 percent when it comes to the poverty rate. The number of suburban poor in the area is 68,291.
8. Jackson, Miss.
In 2000, the poor residents in Jackson were 40,000. As of 2008, there was an increase of 10,000. Now, the Brooking comes with the latest data. The poverty rate in the suburb areas in Jackson is 14.0 percent. The poverty rate in the city is 26.9 percent, while the number of suburban poor is 49,016.
9. Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.
Many people lost their jobs after the recession struck the country while the city privatized several public services that resulted in the decreasing of public sector jobs. The poverty rate of the suburb areas is 14.0 percent. The city poverty rate is 24.1 percent while the number of suburban poor is 46,202.
10. Albuquerque, N.M.
The unemployment rate from 2009 to 2010 in Albuquerque grows from 7.6 percent to 8.6 percent. The poverty rate of the suburb areas is 13.6 percent, the city’s poverty rate is 15 percent while the number of suburban poor is 43,449.
Source: Daily Finance
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