Overview of Community Characteristics in Areas With Concentrated Poverty. Areas of concentrated poverty look different from less-impoverished areas across several indicators of individual and community well-being that are analyzed in this brief.


Data for this analysis comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007-2011 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. The Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) is the primary unit of analysis and data were obtained for each of the focal ZCTAs across a number of demographic, social, and economic variables. We examine indicators of racial segregation, economic mobility (e.g., education, employment), immigration (e.g., nativity, citizenship, language proficiency), and family formation (e.g., household structure, birth rates). [In addition to the data highlighted in the brief narrative, supplementary tables and figures are provided in the Appendix].

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