The percentage of the population living in high-poverty neighborhoods by race/ethnicity. High-poverty neighborhoods are defined as census tracts with a poverty rate of 40 percent or higher. Data for 2014 represents a 2010-2014 average. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation
Percent living in high-poverty neighborhoods by race/ethnicity:
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Why it matters
People who live in high-poverty neighborhoods have less access to jobs, services, high-quality education, parks, safe streets, and other essential ingredients of economic and social success that are the backbone of strong economies. People of color—particularly African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans—are significantly more likely than their white counterparts to live in high-poverty neighborhoods, even if they themselves are not poor.
Grow an equitable economy: Policies to build communities of opportunity
- Require or incentivize the inclusion of affordable housing within new developments using inclusionary zoning, community benefits agreements, density bonuses, or other tools
- Implement equitable economic development and community wealth-building strategies that bring jobs, sustainable infrastructure, and business opportunities to residents of high-poverty neighborhoods
- Ensure enforcement of fair housing laws and the application of HUD’s commitment to “affirmatively further fair housing”
- Dismantle exclusionary zoning policies and develop new affordable homes in high-opportunity neighborhoods
Evergreen Cooperatives Build Wealth in Cleveland Neighborhoods
A group of foundations, hospitals, universities, and the city are creating jobs and wealth-building opportunities in some of the highest poverty neighborhoods in Cleveland by leveraging a portion of their multi-billion dollar annual business expenditures to start worker-owned cooperatives. The Evergreen Cooperatives include an industrial laundry, a solar installation firm, and an urban farm that have collectively created over 100 well-paying jobs. The long-term goal is to create a network of worker-owned firms with 5,000 employees. Learn more.