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Philadelphia Inquirer: Census: Poverty level steady in Philadelphia, drops in Camden

September 18, 2015
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September 18, 2015

The Census Bureau released their annual report on the rates of poverty in the US.   The report shows that the rate of poverty has on a whole largely stayed the same from the previous year.  

Below is an excerpt from an article about the data released. 

 

Philadelphia remained the poorest of America's 10 largest cities in 2014, with more than one quarter of its residents - 26 percent - living below the poverty line.

At the same time, Camden recorded a seemingly significant drop in poverty in 2014 from 42.6 percent to 36.5 percent - a change experts had a hard time explaining.

Both findings were mined from the massive data trove known as the American Community Survey 1-Year Estimate, a product of the U.S. Census Bureau, set to officially be released Thursday.

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While income and poverty numbers remained the same, antipoverty advocates said Wednesday it doesn't diminish the reality that too many Americans live hard lives.

"The nation continues to be plagued by an uneven recovery [from the recession], stagnant wages, inadequate public safety net programs, and rampant inequality," said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research & Action Center in Washington, the nation's leading antihunger advocacy group.

Closer to home, Mariana Chilton, hunger expert at Drexel University's School of Public Health, called the replicated rate of poverty a "horrifying status quo."

"Our school system, our housing systems, our abominable city minimum wage are all implicated," she added.

 

To read the entire article click here.

 

Photo by Tiffany J., Camden Witnesses to Hunger

 

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