Concentrated Poverty

Areas of concentrated poverty are defined as census tracts where the overall poverty rate checks in at 30% or more. Nationwide, 12% of all kids — more than 8.5 million children total — live in concentrated poverty.

These neighborhoods generally lack healthy food options, top-performing public schools and quality medical care. High-poverty neighborhoods are also more likely to expose residents to crime and environmental hazards, such as lead and smog.