A grim new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a solid band of high poverty neighborhoods - running from Arizona east to North Carolina. Only Florida and Virginia are spared from the trend.
The data show that poverty in the United States isn't just growing, it's becoming more concentrated - which can exacerbate social problems and lower the chances of social mobility.
The Census report points out that the number of people living under the federal poverty line - less than $24,000 a year for a family of four - has increased between 2000 and 2010. The number of Americans living in poverty climbed 45percent to 45million. ...
However, the number of Americans living in 'poverty areas' - neighborhoods where more than 20percent of residents are impoverished - has increased even more dramatically.
A quarter of the U.S. population, 77 million Americans, lived in poverty areas in 2010 - a shocking 56percent jump from the 2000 census.
In the South, the trend is even more dramatic. Nearly 31percent of Southerners live in poor neighborhoods - an increase of 62 percent from 2000.
We notice that this United Kingdom paper has been reporting on homelessness in the United States recently.