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Who’s Poor in the US and Where Do They Live
The official poverty rate, as calculated by the Census Bureau, has fallen only modestly, from 19% in 1964 to 15% in 2012 (the most recent year available). But other analysts, citing shortcomings in the official poverty measure, focus on a supplemental measure (also produced by the Census Bureau) to argue that more progress has been made. A team of researchers from Columbia University, for example, calculated an “anchored” supplemental measure — essentially the 2012 measure carried back through time and adjusted for historical inflation — and found that it fell from about 26% in 1967 to 16% in 2012.
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Poverty rates in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty among all large cities in the US.
Read more about Philadelphia’s poverty: Phila. Rates Highest Among Top 10 Cities for Deep Poverty
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