The economy may be on the mend from the Great Recession, but poverty is a growing problem. The percentage of Americans living in poverty rose from 12.4% in 2009 to 14.6% in 2015. As numbers culled by 24/7 Wall Street point out, it's also more common for people to be living in a neighborhood designated as one of "extreme poverty," meaning it has a poverty rate of 40% or more. Here are the 10 places where poverty is concentrating the fastest:
- Bakersfield, Calif.
- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Toledo, Ohio
- Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.
- Fresno, Calif.
- Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio and Pa.
- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich.
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
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