The Indiana Youth Institute compiled data about concentrated poverty in Indiana using information the the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count project and the U.S. Census Bureau. See this info-graphic for a quick overview of the issue in Indiana (March 2012). If families “live in a neighborhood of concentrated poverty, an area where 30% or more of the homes are impoverished, families are even more isolated from supportive services and opportunities. High-performing schools, quality medical care, and safe outdoor spaces are lacking, and businesses are hesitant to invest in areas of concentrated poverty.”
Of note is the mix of counties with concentrated poverty, from the largest county (Marion) to some of the smallest, rural counties.
For additional information, see:
- The Brookings Institute site on concentrated poverty;
- Kids Count Data Snapshot on High-Poverty Communities (February 2012);
- Areas of Concentrated Poverty 2006-2010, American Community Survey Briefs by Alemayehu Bishaw (December 2011);
- Why Concentrated Poverty Matters by Lisa A. Gennetian, Jens Ludwig, Thomas McDade, and Lisa Sanbonmatsu (Spring 2013);
- Concentrated Poverty and Regional Equity: Findings from the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership’s Shared Indicators Initiative by G. Thomas Kingsley and Rob Pitingolo, The Urban Institute (April 2013);
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2014 Poverty Guidelines.