SUBURBAN POVERTY: Twin Cities rate growing at Top 10 speed - KMSP-TV

SUBURBAN POVERTY: Twin Cities rate growing at Top 10 speed

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A new report from the Brookings Institution shows suburban poverty in the Twin Cities is increasing faster than many other parts of the country.

In 2011, the poverty threshold for a family of four with two children was $22,811.

The Brookings report, released Monday, analyzed census data and other measures from nearly 100 metropolitan areas. The Twin Cities suburbs ranked among the top 10 metro areas for the speed at which poverty is rising.

The number of suburban Minnesotans living in poverty has more than doubled between 2000 and 2011.

"For decades, suburbs added poor residents at a faster pace than cities, so that suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities, composing over a third of the nation's total poor population," the authors wrote.

REASONS FOR SUBURBAN POVERTY

- Job sprawl
- Shifts in affordable housing
- Population dynamics
- Immigration
- Struggling economy

WAR ON POVERTY

It has been nearly a half century since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the "war on poverty," but in the 1960s, that meant focusing resources in the inner city and isolated rural areas.

At the time, the suburbs were home to middle-class and upper-class families who did not want to raise kids in the city. But times have changed, and poverty is no longer just an urban or rural problem, but increasingly a suburban one as well.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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