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The Reading metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Pennsylvania, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Among the metro area’s poor population, 28.1 percent live in neighborhoods where four out of 10 residents live in poverty, the analysis found. The overall

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poverty rate in the metro area is 13.6 percent.

Extreme poverty affects 9 out of 89 neighborhoods in Reading, 24/7 Wall St. found. And the unemployment rate in these regions is 22.7 percent.

Only five states in the nation – Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wyoming – have no metro areas with neighborhoods affected by extreme poverty, according to the study, which incorporates data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Residents of the high-poverty neighborhoods are 50 percent less likely to be homeowners or have a college education compared to other neighborhoods, 24/7 Wall St. reported. And residents are twice as likely to be jobless than those who live in more affluent areas, the study said.

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Cities With the Most Concentrated Poverty, by State

State Metro Area Concentrated Poverty Rate (as % of Poor Population) Overall Poverty Rate Neighborhoods With Concentrated Poverty Jobless Rate in Poor Neighborhoods
Alabama Mobile 20.6% 19.3% 18 out of 113 14.4%
Arizona Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 17.5% 15.7% 64 out of 976 10.1%
Arkansas Hot Springs 13.7% 19.1% 2 out of 20 13.4%
California Visalia-Porterville 31.1% 27.1% 15 out of 78 14.9%
Colorado Pueblo 14.8% 19.8% 4 out of 53 12.2%
Connecticut New Haven-Milford 14.4% 12.1% 11 out of 186 17.2%
Florida Gainesville 21.6% 23.1% 8 out of 53 6.1%
Georgia Albany 43.6% 25.7% 10 out of 43 25%
Hawaii Urban Honolulu 2.1% 9.1% 3 out of 228 12.6%
Idaho Pocatello 8.9% 17.6% 1 out of 21 5.3%
Illinois Decatur 32.1% 16.6% 6 out of 34 19.8%
Indiana Fort Wayne 23.5% 14.1% 11 out of 108 13.1%
Iowa Dubuque 10% 11.9% 1 out of 26 4%
Kansas Wichita 9.7% 13.9% 7 out of 152 15.9%
Kentucky Bowling Green 23.8% 18.7% 5 out of 37 6.7%
Louisiana Monroe 35.4% 24.2% 11 out of 44 15.5%
Maine Bangor 19% 15.9% 2 out of 45 11.6%
Maryland Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 8.8% 10.5% 26 out of 668 13.3%
Massachusetts Springfield 26.1% 16.4% 15 out of 133 18%
Michigan Flint 38.1% 20.0% 26 out of 129 23.2%
Minnesota St. Cloud 20.1% 13.3% 1 out of 37 7.2%
Mississippi Jackson 26.2% 18.5% 21 out of 127 16.7%
Missouri Cape Girardeau 30.4% 19.1% 5 out of 22 12.2%
Montana Great Falls 11.2% 13.1% 1 out of 22 5%
Nebraska Lincoln 15.8% 12% 6 out of 73 7.4%
Nevada Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise 6.5% 14.6% 13 out of 487 15.7%
New Jersey Atlantic City-Hammonton 23.9% 15.3% 9 out of 68 17.4%
New Mexico Las Cruces 26.3% 27.9% 6 out of 40 13.4%
New York Elmira 30% 15.8% 4 out of 22 8.3%
North Carolina Greenville 17.9% 24.3% 3 out of 29 13.2%
Ohio Youngstown-Warren-Boardman 27.7% 16.7% 23 out of 155 18.5%
Oklahoma Lawton 19.2% 16.6% 4 out of 33 12.5%
Oregon Medford 7.5% 16.7% 2 out of 41 14.6%
Pennsylvania Reading 28.1% 13.6% 9 out of 89 22.7%
Rhode Island Providence-Warwick 4.9% 13% 9 out of 359 11%
South Carolina Charleston-North Charleston 11.1% 13.9% 8 out of 151 9.6%
Tennessee Memphis 28.4% 18.9% 52 out of 309 16.3%
Texas Laredo 54.2% 31.5% 27 out of 60 7.2%
Utah Ogden-Clearfield 6.5% 8.7% 3 out of 116 14.9%
Vermont Burlington-South Burlington 10.9% 10.4% 1 out of 45 8.1%
Virginia Richmond 10.1% 12.4% 11 out of 290 14.5%
Washington Longview 23.8% 16.9% 4 out of 24 12.9%
West Virginia Huntington-Ashland 14.2% 18.8% 8 out of 92 12.3%
Wisconsin Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis 23.5% 14.5% 49 out of 422 15.1%

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

published here with permission of The Center Square

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