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Stunning Progress, Hidden Problems: The Dramatic Decline of Concentrated Poverty in the 1990s

The issue of concentrated poverty is one that continues to engage the attention of social workers, politicians, and scholars alike. In this intriguing 24-page report from the Brooking Institution's Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Paul A. Jargowsky presents findings that suggest that concentrated poverty declined significantly during the 1990s. Some of his findings include statistics indicating that the number of people living in high-poverty neighborhoods declined by 24 percent, and that concentrated poverty declined among all racial and ethnic groups, especially African-Americans. The methodology section is quite helpful, as it explains the exact definition of "high-poverty concentrations" and the federal government standards for poverty levels. Additionally, the report contains numerous tables, graphs, and charts that document this transformation, including several organized maps detailing this change in Detroit, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
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