Poverty Study Key Findings: Concentrated Poverty

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Figure 1: Percent of Total Population Living in Areas of Concentrated Poverty by Geography, 2006-2010 and 2011-2015
  • Figure 1 shows that between 2011 and 2015, Forsyth County had a higher percentage of residents living in concentrated poverty areas than the majority of its peer communities.
  • Living in a concentrated poverty area, where at least 40% of residents in the area are in poverty, puts those residents at a  higher risk for intergenerational poverty.
  • In addition to having the largest percentage of residents living in areas of concentrated poverty (nearly 10%), Forsyth County also had the largest increase between 2006-2010 and 2011-2015.
*Bars of a lighter color indicate no statistical difference compared to Forsyth County.
Figure 2: Percent of Total Population Living in Areas of Concentrated Poverty in Forsyth County by Race/Ethnicity, 2011-2015
Figure 3: Percent of Total Population Living in Areas of Concentrated Poverty in Forsyth County by Age, 2011-2015
  • Figure 2 demonstrates that racial disparities in exposure to concentrated poverty neighborhoods are particularly stark, with African American residents more than 7 times as likely as White, non-Hispanic residents to live in a concentrated poverty neighborhood.
  • Downward mobility among African American residents has been partially attributed to disparities in exposure to concentrated poverty neighborhoods in the literature.

  • According to Figure 3, children are the most likely to be living in concentrated poverty areas.
  • About 13% of all children live in concentrated poverty neighborhoods, putting them at a significant risk for poverty as adults. 

Figure 4: Share of Impoverished Residents Living in Areas of Concentrated Poverty by Geography, 2006-2010 and 2011-2015
  • Forsyth County has more residents in poverty living in concentrated poverty than the majority of its peer communities, as can be seen in Figure 4.
  • This measure is important because these residents may have a more difficult time escaping poverty than their counterparts in other neighborhoods.
  • Forsyth County had a major increase (70%) in the percentage of impoverished residents living in areas of concentrated poverty.
*Bars of a lighter color indicate no statistical difference compared to Forsyth County.
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