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More than 77 million Americans live in highly concentrated pockets of poverty where more than 20 percent of all residents are below the federal poverty line, according to Census Bureau data released on June
Poverty levels shrunk by 2 percent, between 1990 and 2000, from 20 percent to 18.1 percent, only to reach 25.7 percent between 2000 and 2010.
“While the overall population grew by 10 percent over the decade, the number of people living in poverty areas grew by about 56 percent,”the Census Bureau study reported.
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