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National poverty rate drops slightly, but suburban poverty still bleak

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The poverty rate in the U.S. registered its first drop in the U.S. since 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau reported, falling from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013.

But a Brookings Institution analysis finds that the situation remains bleak in American suburbs. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of suburban poor people increased by 66 percent — more than twice as fast as the growth of urban poor.

Today, more people live in the suburbs than anywhere else, and about 56 percent of the nation’s poor population live in suburbs.

The numbers have gotten worse since PBS NewsHour reported on suburban poverty last year. Watch below.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provid​es a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.​

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