Memphis’ Concentrated Poverty Rate Highest In Tennessee

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Published February 15, 2021

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

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Among the metro area’s poor population, 26.6% live in neighborhoods where four out of 10 residents live in poverty, the analysis found. The overall poverty rate in the metro area is 18.6%.

Extreme poverty affects 49 out of 309 neighborhoods in Memphis, 24/7 Wall St. found. And the 2018 unemployment rate in these poor neighborhoods is 15.6%.

Only eight states in the nation – Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont 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’s 2018 American Community Survey.

Nationwide, among the 43.5 million Americans who live under the poverty line, 9.6% live in communities deemed afflicted by extreme poverty. Those who reside in these high-poverty neighborhoods must deal with higher crime rates, fewer employment opportunities and lagging education options, the study found. 

The poverty line in the United States stands at $12,760 in annual income for individuals, according to 24/7 Wall St. The number in poverty likely will climb due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the analysis.

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Cities With the Most Concentrated Poverty in 2018, by State:

StateMetro Area Hardest Hit by Concentrated Poverty% of Poor Who Live in Neighborhoods With Extreme PovertyOverall Poverty RateNeighborhoods With Concentrated Poverty2018 Unemployment Rate in Poor Neighborhoods
AlabamaMobile19.7%19.3%20 of 11313.9%
ArizonaPhoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale13.8%14.6%49 of 9758.5%
ArkansasHot Springs18.6%18.6%3 of 2015.1%
CaliforniaFresno33.2%24.1%35 of 19814.5%
ColoradoPueblo9.3%18.9%3 of 5316.1%
ConnecticutHartford-West Hartford-East Hartford9.2%10.0%9 of 28317.0%
FloridaTallahassee16.7%15.7%6 of 7518.0%
GeorgiaAlbany38.2%25.2%9 of 4321.4%
HawaiiUrban Honolulu5.4%8.7%3 of 22815.5%
IllinoisSpringfield23.8%14.9%7 of 5612.3%
IndianaMuncie29.5%18.4%6 of 2713.0%
IowaWaterloo-Cedar Falls8.9%13.8%3 of 4817.5%
KansasWichita7.5%13.3%5 of 15217.6%
KentuckyBowling Green15.4%17.7%3 of 376.7%
LouisianaMonroe34.6%23.1%10 of 4414.9%
MaineBangor19.8%15.4%2 of 458.8%
MarylandBaltimore-Columbia-Towson8.1%10.4%22 of 66815.6%
MassachusettsSpringfield27.4%16.2%16 of 13316.2%
MichiganFlint33.6%19.8%22 of 12922.7%
MinnesotaDuluth13.9%14.1%6 of 846.4%
MississippiJackson24.4%17.1%17 of 12719.3%
MissouriCape Girardeau27.8%17.5%4 of 229.8%
NebraskaLincoln14.4%12.4%4 of 736.1%
NevadaLas Vegas-Henderson-Paradise5.1%14.1%10 of 48713.6%
New HampshireManchester-Nashua2.9%8.1%1 of 8510.1%
New JerseyTrenton17.2%11.4%5 of 7518.8%
New MexicoLas Cruces25.8%27.5%6 of 4012.9%
New YorkBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls23.4%14.2%26 of 2919.5%
North CarolinaWilmington13.2%16.4%4 of 5610.9%
OhioToledo29.0%16.9%27 of 16115.7%
OklahomaLawton15.3%15.5%3 of 3314.1%
OregonMedford2.7%16.3%1 of 4115.9%
PennsylvaniaReading31.4%12.8%10 of 8921.0%
Rhode IslandProvidence-Warwick4.1%12.5%5 of 35912.7%
South CarolinaCharleston-North Charleston10.4%13.3%7 of 1519.6%
TennesseeMemphis26.6%18.6%49 of 30915.6%
TexasLaredo52.3%30.1%25 of 607.0%
UtahOgden-Clearfield5.0%8.0%2 of 11610.3%
VirginiaRoanoke15.5%13.4%3 of 658.6%
WashingtonKennewick-Richland9.3%13.7%1 of 488.3%
West VirginiaHuntington-Ashland11.1%18.6%7 of 9210.8%
WisconsinMilwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis20.1%13.7%43 of 42212.0%
Source: 24/7 Wall St.
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2 thoughts on “Memphis’ Concentrated Poverty Rate Highest In Tennessee

  • February 16, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Just look at and listen to the village idiots running the politics of Memphis and we need say no more….And yet the sheeple keep voting these same liars and thieves back in to office again and again. They reap what they sow!!

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:31 am
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    What a surprise! A metro area run by Democrats with extreme poverty levels. I’m so surprised you could knock me over with an anvil. Keep voting the same way, Memphians, you’ll surely get a different result eventually.

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