Ten Cities With the Greatest Growth in Poor Neighborhoods -- Including One in Colorado

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The toll the tough economy has taken on American cities is the subject of a new Brookings Institution report. Included is a list of the ten communities showing the largest increase of neighborhoods with 20 percent poverty rates or above from 2000 to 2012 -- and unfortunately, one prominent Colorado place makes the cut.

We've put together a breakdown for all ten cities, complete with photos and statistics -- and we've supplemented the Colorado listing with additional graphics. See them below.

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Greatest Changes in the Share of Suburban Poor Living in Tracts with Poverty Rates of At Least 20 Percent

Number 10: Charlotte, North Carolina

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20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

21

Share of poor in 2000

15.6 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

82

Share of poor 2008-2012

42.2 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

61

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

26.6 percent

Number 9: Scranton, Pennsylvania

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20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

11

Share of poor in 2000

14 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

33

Share of poor 2008-2012

41.7 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

22

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

27.7 percent

Continue to see more of the ten cities with the greatest growth in poor neighborhoods, including additional photos and graphics.



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Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Colorado Springs is becoming an armpit because of the stingy conservative government there. Get rid of the GOP and prosper again.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

How about reposting this in a manner where we can review the article without spending 30 minutes clicking and waiting?

Cocknor Rowland
Cocknor Rowland

Its hard even working full time, overnights, with no children. Minimum wage needs to be raised, and cost of living needs to be lower. Electricity, rent, taxes... They take $160 or more from ym check every two weeks!

larry.nutter
larry.nutter

I live on the South side of Colorado Springs. That includes Stratmoor Hills, Cheyenne Meadows, Cheyenne Hills and the Broadmoor. These are middle to upper middle class to ultra wealthy neighborhoods.

larry.nutter
larry.nutter

I live on the South side of Colorado Springs. That includes the neighborhoods of Stratmoor Hills, Cheyenne Hills, Cheyenne Meadows and The Broadmoor.  These are middle to upper middle class to outright rich neighborhoods in anyone's book.

Cory Metheney
Cory Metheney

David court pro fag. It's an area dumbass and it's come up a lot in the last few years. Ya hipster faggot go bite a dick.

larry.nutter
larry.nutter

Colorado Springs is number 1 for what? I live in Colorado Springs and have since 1973. There are some homeless people here as there are pretty much everywhere. There is not rampant growth of poor neighborhoods in Colorado Springs. Someone show me those neighborhoods.  What are the name of the neighborhoods that are poor in Colorado Springs?  This is apparently propaganda against Republicans and religious people. ALL cities with the, "Greatest growth of poor neighborhoods" are bastions of the Democrats and liberal left. Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, Newark, New York City all come to mind. The leftist agenda builds poor neighborhoods and poor people. This isn't the, "Show me" state, but show me!

Matt Hougen
Matt Hougen

Is it a coincidence that Colorado Springs was also recently listed as one of the most conservative cities in America?

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

Not the dole. A major factor is the fact that real estate is exorbitantly expensive, and there is a lack of affordable rental housing. When my spouse tried to find an affordable apt there some years ago, we were unable to move there, so had to keep commuting from Denver for 3 years. That killed his truck...

David Alley
David Alley

How much of this is due to the state of the economy or the state of people becoming reliant on the dole? The increases seem too dramatic to be merely the economy.

Becky McCajun
Becky McCajun

Well, since the more conservative states are the poorer states, I'm going to guess CS.

Mark Leiby
Mark Leiby

I totally thought it was Pueblo! Oops!

Fred Huber
Fred Huber

They are #1 on the list apparently

Don Herman
Don Herman

Their motto: "Megachurches, not Megacharity."

Mary Alicea
Mary Alicea

Interesting how much of the "Christian" influence is there.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

Colorado Springs ? I can't flip thru 6 pages on my phone to read it

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Colorado Springs is feeling the effects of too many republicans and religious fanatics living there.

Don Herman
Don Herman

Not surprising. Colorado Springs has no services available for anyone. It's a hellhole.

FuckYou
FuckYou

@larry.nutter Are you high out of your mind? The vast majority of Colorado Springs is a ghetto wasteland. As in, the whole South side. The Springs is much more full of the poor ghetto trash type than even the religious fanatical type, who in addition to the military people make up the ONLY three kinds of people who live in the springs. So basically, it FUCKING SUCKS lol!!

DerpMcDerpston
DerpMcDerpston

Christians only care about poor people on Sundays.  The other six days of the week, it's all about "Get a job, bum!  Stop wasting my tax dollars on your welfare!  Go back to Mexico!  Don't tell me what to do with my money!"

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Don. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

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