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Poverty moves to the suburbs

We’ve mapped the growth of suburban poverty in Minnesota.

Using our own analysis of Census data and analysis done by Wilder Research for their Minnesota Compass city profiles, we’ve mapped the growth of suburban poverty in Minnesota. Click on any shaded area to see a city’s poverty profile (the darker the shade, the higher the poverty rate). We’ve excluded Minneapolis and St. Paul from the map. For the sake of comparison, the percent of people living in poverty in Minneapolis in 2010 was 23.3 percent, up from 16.9 percent in 2000. In St. Paul, the 2010 poverty rate was 24.2 percent, up from 15.6 percent in 2000.

Related article: Poverty surging in Twin Cities suburbs

Note: The percent of people in poverty for each city is an estimate from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey, drawn from data collected between 2007 and 2009. Percent in poverty numbers for 2000 are from the 2000 decennial census, and actually reflect income data from 1999.

Kaeti Hinck contributed to this project.