Ten years ago, 1.58 million Georgians lived in poverty. Now that number is 3.27 million.
As a percentage, that’s a larger increase than the South as a whole, the region with the largest number of poverty-stricken citizens. Georgia’s numbers are so bad, only four states (Arkansas, Oregon, Tennessee and North Carolina) saw a larger percentage increase of people living in poverty areas.
Unsurprisingly, the map showing the percent of people living in poverty areas in each county looks almost identical to this map.
According to the report: “problems associated with living in poverty areas, such as, higher crime rates, poor housing conditions, and fewer job opportunities are exacerbated when poor families live clustered in high-poverty neighborhoods.”
77.42 million Americans, or 25.7% of the U.S., now lives in poverty. That’s up from 49.49 million and 18.1%.