October 26, 2011
CEOs for Cities

Since 2000, the rise in suburban poverty rates far outpaces the increase in urban poverty rates. An article in The New York Times reports suburban poverty rates are up 53 percent while urban rates have only increased by 26 percent. More than half of the metropolitan poor now live in suburban areas. The article, which cited Edward Hill, Dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and a panelist from CEOs for Cities' 2011 Fall National Meeting, focused on Cleveland as a national case study. Almost 60 percent of Cleveland's poor live in suburbs, an increase of 14 percent from 2000. The comparative success of Cleveland's urban core is illustrated by CEOs for Cities' 2011 update to its Young and Restless research. The report, which analyzes the migration patterns of young, talented adults to cities, found a 49 percent growth in college educated 25-34 year olds in Cleveland's urban core while the rest of the MSA suffered a loss of 10 percent among the same cohort....

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