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Rise of African American Poverty in the Twin Cities, 1980 to 1990.

Korenman, Sanders, Leslie Dwight, and John E. Sjaastad.

In 1980 about a quarter of the Twin Cities' African Americans lived in ghetto neighborhoods; by 1990, nearly half did. Their rates of poverty are among the highest in the nation. This report looks at both national and local changes in concentrated poverty and attempts to explain the changes in the Twin Cities. Using data from the U.S. Census, a direct correlation is shown between the overall poverty rate in eighty-five U.S. cities and the extent of concentrated poverty in those cities. Potential explanations for the rise of concentrated poverty among Blacks nationwide, such as residential segregation and segregation by income class, are explored. Changes in the concentration of poverty in the Twin Cities are mapped to show their expansion into surrounding areas. Unlike many other large cities, the Twin Cities ghetto neighborhoods have not emptied out, but remain relatively vibrant. Increased migration of low-income populations from out-of-state and from other countries seems to explain most of the large increase in poverty among African Americans during the 1980s. Because it is mostly newcomers who have widened the ghettoes, the prospects for the future in the Twin Cities are mostly good news.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Sponsored by an interactive research grant from CURA and the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota.
27 (2): 1-12.
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Reporter 27 (2)