We’ve written before about how it’s suburban poverty that produces headlines like “Memphis is #1 in Poverty.”
These are rankings for the MSA, and it is the anomalous high ranking of poverty outside of Memphis that puts the region in that top spot. The area outside Memphis is #8 in poverty, and among large cities, Memphis is #14.
Between 2000 and 2010, the poverty rate in Memphis increased 26%. Meanwhile, Memphis suburbs saw their poverty rate climb by 46%.
The following infographic about suburban poverty is provided to us by Scarlett Jackson of Best MSW Programs: