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Urban Poverty in the Fourth District

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Cleveland recently attracted national attention when the Census Bureau ranked its poverty rate the highest of any U.S. city with a population over 250,000. In part, Cleveland’s worsening poverty rate reflects the harsh impact of the recent recession. However, the recession worsened poverty rates across the country to some degree. After trending downward for a decade, poverty rates in the U.S. and in all four Fourth District states began ticking up in 2000—in advance of the recession.

Suggested citation: "Urban Poverty in the Fourth District," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 04-12, pp. 15-16, 12.01.2004.

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