Poverty Spikes In Most of Pennsylvania

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I consider this a tragedy. When the economy isn’t working for the majority of Americans, it isn’t working at all.

The number of Pennsylvanians living in deep poverty — the share of the population with incomes below half the poverty line — rose to 5.9% (726,102 people) in 2010. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains, Pennsylvania was one of 40 states to see a statistically significant rise in deep poverty.

In urban areas of Pennsylvania, poverty rose to 14.7% in 2010 with 1,360,202 urban residents currently living in poverty, according to the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey. That is up from 12.7% in 2007, before the recession started. The picture is similarly bleak in rural Pennsylvania where 9.5% of residents (287,982 people) lived in poverty in 2010, up from 8.1% in 2007.

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One Response to Poverty Spikes In Most of Pennsylvania

  1. Craig says:

    Well done Pennsylvania voters! How's that gop / tea-bagger thingy working out for ya now????