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Rural-urban disparity in poverty persistence

Extensive evidence shows that poverty is more prevalent in rural compared to urban areas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2016 official poverty rate in rural areas was almost 16 percent compared to just over 12 percent in urban areas. The study described in this article explores this poverty divide by looking at poverty persistence (that is, how long people remain below the poverty line), comparing the experiences of those living in rural areas to those in urban areas.

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Economic Support, Financial Security, Means-Tested Programs, Place, Place General, Poverty Measurement, Social Insurance Programs, U.S. Poverty Measures

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