MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Wallet Hub’s new study has the poorest metro area in every state, but it takes things a step further by focusing on something called concentrated poverty.
In other words, neighborhoods where more than 40% live in poverty, because those are the places where almost everything is working against you to break the cycle. Your schools are most likely failing, crime is the highest, and unemployment is so high that chances of finding a decent job are very low.
The Memphis metro — which includes West Memphis, Arkansas, and Desoto County, Mississippi — has a 19% poverty rate, but 28% live in concentrated poverty. That’s 52 out of our 309 neighborhoods.
We talk a lot about the poverty problem, but concentrated poverty helps us understand it better, how things like the need for better public transportation can help folks get out of a dire situation.