A fourth of all Americans live in what the Census Bureau calls "poverty areas," which are neighborhoods where at least one in five have incomes below the poverty level, according to a new report.
The share of people living in these poverty areas fell during the 1990s but grew substantially during the first decade of the 2000s. As of 2010, it is up to 25.7 percent from 18.1 percent in 2000. (In 1990, it was 20 percent.) And while not all people living in such areas are poor, they find themselves in areas riddled with problems.
"Various researchers have found that living in communities with a large concentration of people in poverty adds burdens to low-income families," according to the report.