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Ten Cities With the Greatest Growth in Poor Neighborhoods -- Including One in Colorado

The toll the tough economy has taken on American cities is the subject of a new Brookings Institution report. Included is a list of the ten communities showing the largest increase of neighborhoods with 20 percent poverty rates or above from 2000 to 2012 -- and unfortunately, one prominent Colorado place makes the cut.

We've put together a breakdown for all ten cities, complete with photos and statistics -- and we've supplemented the Colorado listing with additional graphics. See them below.

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Greatest Changes in the Share of Suburban Poor Living in Tracts with Poverty Rates of At Least 20 Percent

Number 10: Charlotte, North Carolina 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

21

Share of poor in 2000

15.6 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

82

Share of poor 2008-2012

42.2 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

61

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

26.6 percent

Number 9: Scranton, Pennsylvania 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

11

Share of poor in 2000

14 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

33

Share of poor 2008-2012

41.7 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

22

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

27.7 percent

Continue to see more of the ten cities with the greatest growth in poor neighborhoods, including additional photos and graphics. Number 8: Grand Rapids, Michigan 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

Share of poor in 2000

0 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

20

Share of poor 2008-2012

28.1 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

20

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

28.1 percent

Number 7: Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

2

Share of poor in 2000

6.6 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

15

Share of poor 2008-2012

35.7 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

13

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

29 percent

Continue to see more of the ten cities with the greatest growth in poor neighborhoods, including additional photos and graphics. Number 6: Atlanta, Georgia 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

32

Share of poor in 2000

14.7 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

197

Share of poor 2008-2012

44.1 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

165

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

29.4 percent

Number 5: Greenville, South Carolina 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

19

Share of poor in 2000

20.5 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

57

Share of poor 2008-2012

52.1 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

38

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

31.6 percent

Continue to see more of the ten cities with the greatest growth in poor neighborhoods, including additional photos and graphics. Number 4: Boise City, Idaho 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

3

Share of poor in 2000

7.9 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

18

Share of poor 2008-2012

40.3 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

15

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

32.3 percent

Number 3: Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

12

Share of poor in 2000

31.2 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

30

Share of poor 2008-2012

63.9 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

18

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

32.7 percent

Continue to see more of the ten cities with the greatest growth in poor neighborhoods, including additional photos and graphics. Number 2: Winston-Salem, North Carolina 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

2

Share of poor in 2000

6.8 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

19

Share of poor 2008-2012

40.7 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

17

Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

33.9 percent

Number 1: Colorado Springs, Colorado 20 percent-plus poverty tracts in 2000

Share of poor in 2000

0 percent

20 percent-plus poverty tracts 2008-2012

7

Share of poor 2008-2012

35.2 percent

Change in 20 percent-plus poverty tracts from 2000 to 2012

7

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Change in share of poor from 2000 to 2012

35.2 percent

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