Pueblo’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Colorado

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Published Friday, October 4, 2019

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The Pueblo metro area's share of extreme poverty - neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level - is the highest in Colorado, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Among the metro area's poor population, 14.8 percent live in neighborhoods where four out of 10 residents live in poverty, the analysis found. The overall poverty rate in the metro area is 19.8 percent.

Extreme poverty affects four out of 53 neighborhoods in Pueblo, 24/7 Wall St. found. And the unemployment rate in these regions is 12.2 percent.

Only five states in the nation - Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wyoming - have no metro areas with neighborhoods affected by extreme poverty, according to the study, which incorporates data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Residents of the high-poverty neighborhoods are 50 percent less likely to be homeowners or have a college education compared to other neighborhoods, 24/7 Wall St. reported. And residents are twice as likely to be jobless than those who live in more affluent areas, the study said.

Cities with the Most Concentrated Poverty, by State

State

Metro Area

Concentrated Poverty Rate (as % of Poor Population)

Overall Poverty Rate

Neighborhoods With Concentrated Poverty

Jobless Rate in Poor Neighborhoods

Alabama

Mobile

20.6%

19.3%

18 out of 113

14.4%

Arizona

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale

17.5%

15.7%

64 out of 976

10.1%

Arkansas

Hot Springs

13.7%

19.1%

2 out of 20

13.4%

California

Visalia-Porterville

31.1%

27.1%

15 out of 78

14.9%

Colorado

Pueblo

14.8%

19.8%

4 out of 53

12.2%

Connecticut

New Haven-Milford

14.4%

12.1%

11 out of 186

17.2%

Florida

Gainesville

21.6%

23.1%

8 out of 53

6.1%

Georgia

Albany

43.6%

25.7%

10 out of 43

25%

Hawaii

Urban Honolulu

2.1%

9.1%

3 out of 228

12.6%

Idaho

Pocatello

8.9%

17.6%

1 out of 21

5.3%

Illinois

Decatur

32.1%

16.6%

6 out of 34

19.8%

Indiana

Fort Wayne

23.5%

14.1%

11 out of 108

13.1%

Iowa

Dubuque

10%

11.9%

1 out of 26

4%

Kansas

Wichita

9.7%

13.9%

7 out of 152

15.9%

Kentucky

Bowling Green

23.8%

18.7%

5 out of 37

6.7%

Louisiana

Monroe

35.4%

24.2%

11 out of 44

15.5%

Maine

Bangor

19%

15.9%

2 out of 45

11.6%

Maryland

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson

8.8%

10.5%

26 out of 668

13.3%

Massachusetts

Springfield

26.1%

16.4%

15 out of 133

18%

Michigan

Flint

38.1%

20.0%

26 out of 129

23.2%

Minnesota

St. Cloud

20.1%

13.3%

1 out of 37

7.2%

Mississippi

Jackson

26.2%

18.5%

21 out of 127

16.7%

Missouri

Cape Girardeau

30.4%

19.1%

5 out of 22

12.2%

Montana

Great Falls

11.2%

13.1%

1 out of 22

5%

Nebraska

Lincoln

15.8%

12%

6 out of 73

7.4%

Nevada

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise

6.5%

14.6%

13 out of 487

15.7%

New Jersey

Atlantic City-Hammonton

23.9%

15.3%

9 out of 68

17.4%

New Mexico

Las Cruces

26.3%

27.9%

6 out of 40

13.4%

New York

Elmira

30%

15.8%

4 out of 22

8.3%

North Carolina

Greenville

17.9%

24.3%

3 out of 29

13.2%

Ohio

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman

27.7%

16.7%

23 out of 155

18.5%

Oklahoma

Lawton

19.2%

16.6%

4 out of 33

12.5%

Oregon

Medford

7.5%

16.7%

2 out of 41

14.6%

Pennsylvania

Reading

28.1%

13.6%

9 out of 89

22.7%

Rhode Island

Providence-Warwick

4.9%

13%

9 out of 359

11%

South Carolina

Charleston-North Charleston

11.1%

13.9%

8 out of 151

9.6%

Tennessee

Memphis

28.4%

18.9%

52 out of 309

16.3%

Texas

Laredo

54.2%

31.5%

27 out of 60

7.2%

Utah

Ogden-Clearfield

6.5%

8.7%

3 out of 116

14.9%

Vermont

Burlington-South Burlington

10.9%

10.4%

1 out of 45

8.1%

Virginia

Richmond

10.1%

12.4%

11 out of 290

14.5%

Washington

Longview

23.8%

16.9%

4 out of 24

12.9%

West Virginia

Huntington-Ashland

14.2%

18.8%

8 out of 92

12.3%

Wisconsin

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis

23.5%

14.5%

49 out of 422

15.1%

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

 

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