Millions of new suburban poor

Bob Herbert summarizes some depressing statistics in a new study by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program:

From 2000 to 2008, the number of poor people in the U.S. grew by 5.2 million, reaching nearly 40 million. That represented an increase of 15.4 percent in the poor population, which was more than twice the increase in the population as a whole during that period.

The study does not include data from 2009, when so many millions of families were just hammered by the recession. So the reality is worse than the Brookings figures would indicate…

“Suburbs gained more than 2.5 million poor individuals, accounting for almost half of the total increase in the nation’s poor population since 2000.”

Posted by James on Sunday, January 24, 2010