Growth of poverty since end of Great Recession

Great article form AL.COM that shows the lasting effects of the Great Recession.

The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but its negative economic effects continue to be felt acutely in cities across the United States.

One of the impacts of the downturn was a persistent uptick in concentrated poverty in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area.

Between the 2000 U.S. Census and the period from 2010 to 2014, the number of Americans living in extremely poor neighborhoods more than doubled to 14 million people. That’s 5 million more than there were before the economic downturn according to a recent study by the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution.

That concentration of poverty extends to the Birmingham-Hoover metro area, the study shows.

Brookings Institution Map Poverty Growth

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