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Poverty rate up in affluent suburbs surrounding US capital
People receive food at a distribution point. The US Census Bureau released data on September 12, 2012, that showed the poverty rate held steady at 15 percent in 2011.
People receive food at a distribution point. The US Census Bureau released data on September 12, 2012, that showed the poverty rate held steady at 15 percent in 2011.
Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:47AM
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Poverty rate in wealthy suburban neighborhoods of the US capital climbed last year, according to latest official figures released by the nation’s Census Bureau.


The newly published statistics indicate that poverty in Washington’s affluent suburbs grew in 2011, even though, according to the same data, these areas include seven of the nation’s 10 highest-income counties, the leading daily in the US capital Washington Post reported Saturday.

According to the report, the number of the poor in some of the suburban areas, including Fairfax County, has doubled over the past four years.

Although the rate of poverty in the US capital itself declined a bit between 2010 and 2011, it remained persistently high at about 19 percent, the highest in the metropolitan area.

The report further underlines that almost all suburban counties in the region showed major hikes in their poverty figures since the US recession began in 2007 although two other counties, along with Washington DC experienced a small decline.

According to the daily, the harsh disparity between the rich and poor in the region surrounding the American capital city, “comes at a time of growing income inequality nationally.”

However, the report adds, despite the rising number of those that are poor and struggling, the region’s poverty rate of 8.3 percent has been registered as the lowest among the country’s metropolitan areas and considerably less than the national rate of about 15 percent.

Moreover, in the region’s Prince William County, where the number of people using food stamps has more than doubled since 2007, people remain on government assistance programs longer.

Furthermore, in Loudoun County, which has been ranked as the most affluent jurisdiction in the entire United States for several years, the number of people seeking emergency care packages of food and federal assistance are persistently on the rise. The county, says the report, was the only suburban area around Washington where the number of homeless people grew drastically over the past year.

According to the latest US Census data, poverty rate across America has remained at a historic high in the past year as 46.2 million Americans continue to live below the poverty line.

MFB/MA

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