Overview of Community Characteristics in Areas With Concentrated Poverty. In the average metropolitan concentrated poverty area, one in three adults older than 25 did not graduate from high school or earn a GED.

05/01/2014

Compared to the national average, adults in these areas were twice as likely to not graduate from high school and almost three times less likely to have a bachelor’s degree, on average. These areas are home to less than four percent of the Nation’s population over the age of 24. However, over eight percent of the population older than 24 that did not complete high school or earn a GED lives in these areas. High school completion is even lower in Western concentrated poverty areas where, on average, more than two out of every five adults over the age of 24 did not earn a high school diploma or GED.

Very few adults in the average area of concentered poverty are college educated. Just over one in 10 adults in these communities earned at least a bachelor’s degree. Rates of college completion are relatively consistent across regions; but, as with high school completion, adults in Western areas of concentrated poverty are least likely to have a college education.


Figure 5: Average Share of Adults over Age 24 without a High School Diploma8

Figure 5: Average Share of Adults over Age 24 without a High School Diploma


Figure 6: Average Share of Adults over Age 24 with at least a Bachelor’s Degree9

Figure 6: Average Share of Adults over Age 24 with at least a Bachelor’s Degree


8 The value for metropolitan concentrated poverty areas includes all people living in that area, not just people who live below the poverty level. It is likely that poor individuals in these areas have even higher rates of not completing high school than those seen in the overall poverty population.

9 The value for metropolitan concentrated poverty areas includes all people living in that area, not just people who live below the poverty level. It is likely that poor individuals in these areas have even lower rates of college completion than those seen in the overall poverty population.

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