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The number of concentrated-poverty neighborhoods in the Twin Cities has doubled since 1980

Jul 13, 2020

Between 1980 and 2018, the number of neighborhoods in Hennepin and Ramsey counties with high levels of poverty — where 30 percent or more of residents had incomes below the poverty line — has more than doubled.

According to new research by the Economic Innovation Group, a research and advocacy organization focused on inequality, there were 19 high-poverty neighborhoods in the Twin Cities in 1980. By 2018, that number had grown to 41.

Those findings are important for two reasons: One, they show that once a neighborhood becomes a high-poverty neighborhood, it usually stays that way. And two: they show that the Twin Cities are a microcosm of the economic challenges facing the country.

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