As we have mentioned in the past, concentrated poverty is rising in Connecticut. An area of concentrated poverty is defined as census tracts with poverty rates of 40 percent or more. Currently 5.4 million Americans live in these areas and the number has been increasing steadily since 2000. In a fascinating report, Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube at the Brookings Institution analyze
the data. Surprisingly, suburban areas in the sunbelt are some of the hardest hit, but the numbers for some of Connecticut's metro areas are dismal:
- Harford/West Hartford/East Hartford: 22.3% live in concentrated poverty areas, 15th worst in the country.
- New Haven/Milford metro area: 17.9% live in concentrated poverty areas, 25th worst in the country.
- Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk: 7.9%, 71st worst in the country.