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Sacramento’s poverty growth ranks among highest in the U.S., study finds

Top 5 metropolitan areas with highest poverty growth in U.S.

Greater Sacramento went from six poor neighborhoods to 18 over a six-year span, a 200 percent increase and tying for second highest behind Albuquerque.
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Greater Sacramento went from six poor neighborhoods to 18 over a six-year span, a 200 percent increase and tying for second highest behind Albuquerque.

A study published Monday shows the Sacramento-Roseville-Arden Arcade metropolitan area suffered one of the nation’s largest increases in poor neighborhoods over from 2010 through 2016.

Greater Sacramento went from six poor neighborhoods to 18 over the six-year span, a 200 percent increase tied for second-highest in the nation behind Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to census data researched by 24/7 Wall Street and published in USA Today. Poor neighborhoods are defined as those where at least 40 percent of four-person families earn an annual net income of less than $25,100.

Concentrated poverty — the number of families below the poverty line living in poor neighborhoods — rose more in the Sacramento metropolitan area than all but seven others from 2010-2016. The area’s concentrated poverty rate swelled from 3.4 percent in 2010 to 9.7 percent in 2016, though it remained below the national average of 12.9 percent.

Bakersfield and Fresno had the greatest and second-greatest increase in concentrated poverty nationwide, rising 16.4 percent and 12.8 percent respectively over the six-year span.

The portion of Americans living below the poverty line jumped from 12.7 percent in 2010 to 14.2 percent in 2016. It surged from 12.5 percent to 15.8 percent in Sacramento during that time while hovering around 20.5 percent statewide.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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