ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Not a good report card on the latest poverty numbers, not for the nation and not for St. Louis.

A Brookings Institute study shows what it calls extreme poverty neighborhoods on the increase, and any gains made in the 90s: erased.

The study defines an extreme poverty neighborhood as one that has 40% or more of it’s population living below the federal poverty line.

“At the end of the decade both the City of St. Louis and it’s surrounding suburbs had higher concentrated poverty rates than we are seeing on average in the nation’s largest metros” said Senior Research Associate Elizabeth Kneebone.

In fact, in the suburbs surrounding St. Louis, which includes the Metro East, the number of extreme poverty neighborhoods nearly doubled.  Brookings says 8% of surrounding St. Louis suburbs populations are in poverty pockets compared to 4.5% for the average large metro area in the U.S.

In the City of St. Louis, 27% of the population lives in what the Brookings Institute calls concentrated poverty.  That compares to 20% for the average large city.

If there is any good news, its that the 27% has not changed from the 1990s.

poverty Poverty Neighborhoods Back on the Increase says Brookings Institute


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