Sprawling and struggling: Poverty hits America's suburbs by Allison Linn
From NBC News -- "Poverty in Plain Sight" series:
"The number of suburban residents living in poverty rose by nearly 64 percent between 2000 and 2011, to about 16.4 million people, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of 95 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. That’s more than double the rate of growth for urban poverty in those areas.
'I think we have an outdated perception of where poverty is and who it is affecting,' said Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of the research. 'We tend to think of it as a very urban and a very rural phenomenon, but it is increasingly suburban.'"
The post features a mother and daughter in Connecticut--however, I am interested in the statistics for the Washington, D.C. area. I suspect that this is happening in the suburbs of the DC Metro area despite local news stories commending the area economy and low unemployment rate.