New Home to Most Poor Americans: the 'Burbs
Suburban poverty has skyrocketed, study finds
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2013 3:41 AM CDT
Updated May 25, 2013 8:02 AM CDT
Hard times behind picket fences.   (?)

(Newser) – The face of American poverty is now a suburban one, according to new research from the Brookings Institution. Researchers found that the number of people living in poverty in the suburbs soared 64% between 2000 and 2010, more than twice the rate of urban areas—meaning that now more poor people live in suburbs than in cities or rural areas, although the overall poverty rate remains higher in cities, the Miami Herald reports.

Researchers say the explosion in suburban poverty is the result of many factors, including the housing bust, urban gentrification, and the loss of manufacturing jobs. In places like Orange County, California, "everything is nicely maintained. Things look good on the surface," the director of a charity helping struggling families tells the LA Times. "But the need has just skyrocketed."

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iamcurious
May 25, 2013 3:30 PM CDT
Folks, I am sorry to see this occurring but I suspect the seeds of our financial destruction have been planted longer than any of us realize. I think it's later than we realize and all of us are headed for this destination.
ppaca
May 25, 2013 3:30 PM CDT
Unfortunately, the urban gangs move to the burbs in this exodus of the poor. Crime is quickly escalating in the burbs because of this. Formerly peaceful communities have become hotbeds of drug sales, prostitution, drive-by shootings, auto thefts, etc. Suburban schools have deteriorated in quality due to the decrease in standards caused by the influx of inner city students and the number of teachers leaving due to the rising crime within the schools. Discipline is nearly non-existent unless an honor roll student is wearing a shirt with the depiction of a gun on it then that student is expelled. Our societal values have been turned upside down along with this migration. Yes, 0bama has fundamentally changed America, just as he promised.
Vincebus
May 25, 2013 2:34 PM CDT
yeah its like 'overflow' from the urbs into the burbs, but they fill the urbs with ghetto folk 1st anyway,... ti;; the middle clas is totally done in... the 'poor' will still be defined as such until there's a 'superclass' of equally deprived, illiterate, ignorant, gov-luv, etc.