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Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty

Between 2000 and 2015, almost every major metropolitan area experienced a significant increase in the suburban poor population. Two-thirds of those regions now find the majority of the poor population in the suburbs. Scott W. Allard examines the rise of poverty in the suburbs in his book Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in America.

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