With 55% of Poor Living in Suburbs How is America and its Politics Changing?
On March 13, 2012, New York Times blogger Lisa McGirr wrote of “The New Suburban Poverty.” She includes statistics that tell the story of growing suburban poverty, gives the history of suburban growth, tracks changing demographics and makes the connection to how this phenomena may change American politics.
Quoting from her post:
Keeping up with the Joneses,’ the mid-century caricature of suburban conformity, materialism and consumption has given way to a new suburban normal of making ends meet, with many formerly middle-class families in detached single-family homes struggling to pay mortgages and utility bills, and to repair aging cars.
Two years ago, a Brookings Institute report found that across the country, 55% of the poor lived in suburbs; and
2011 Census Bureau data found that in the United States, 51 million households had incomes less than 50% above the poverty line and half of these households lived in the suburbs.
This increasing suburban poverty is just part of the fall out of the recent economic recession and the slow recovery.