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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