There are still plenty of poor people in the cities, but suburban poverty is a bigger problem.
With seemingly everyone feeling the financial crunch, funding—a perennial problem for social welfare agencies—has decreased, too. That, coupled with the rapid rise of poverty in the suburbs, has made responding to the need especially difficult.
Illustration By Karen Stolper
Since 2000, the number of poor people in the suburbs has grown by 64 percent, compared to 29 percent growth in cities.