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Persistent Poverty Dynamics: Understanding Poverty Trends Over 50 Years

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2014-07-22

by Kathleen Miller, Bruce Weber

High and persistent poverty is an enduring characteristic of many U.S. counties. More than one in five (23 percent) U.S. counties had poverty rates of 20 percent or more in 2009. Half (49.6 percent) of these counties were persistent high poverty counties, having had poverty rates of 20 percent or more in each of the decennial censuses since 1970. Persistent high poverty counties are very concentrated geographically and disproportionally nonmetropolitan. With the Great Recession, many previously high poverty counties returned to high poverty status. What is new, however, in the geography of poverty in the first decade of the twenty-first century is (1) the emergence of a relatively large number of counties that are experiencing high poverty rates of 20 percent or more for the first time in this 50 years period, and (2) the high share of micropolitan and metropolitan counties among the new entrants.

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2014-06-23 - New Brief from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
New from the RUPRI Center for Health Policy Analysis: Update: Independently Owned Pharmacy Closures in Rural America: 2003-2013.  Visit the RUPRI Center's website to view the paper.

2014-06-20 - New Book on Rural Wealth - pdf
The book, Rural Wealth Creation, co-edited by John Pender, Bruce Weber, Tom Johnson, and Matt Fannin, has just been published by Routledge. The book is an outgrowth of the collaboration that resulted from the 2011 National Conference on Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods co-convened by the USDA Economic Research Service and the Ford Foundation, and includes chapters by both rural development researchers and practitioners (but with more emphasis on research).

2014-06-09 - RUPRI President and CEO Speaks to Council on Foundations
RUPRI President and CEO Charles W. Fluharty presents to the Council on Foundations 2014 Philanthropy Exchange in Washington, DC. Recommitting to Rural America: The Expanding Crisis of Rural Poverty and its Effects.
Also, for coverage of the event, click here for the blog post by Rick Cohen from Nonprofit Quarterly, June 12, 2014.

2014-05-08 - Recent Presentations by RUPRI Rural Health Panel Members
Recent presentations made by members of the RUPRI Rural Health Panel: A Second Look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Keith Mueller, Tim McBride, Andrew Coburn) | The Affordable Care Act and Marketplace Coverage: Implications for Rural Areas (Tim McBride, Abigail Barker, Leah Kemper, Keith Mueller) | Rural Health Strategies for a Value-Based Future (Clint MacKinney)

2014-05-01 - Senate Committee Testimony by RUPRI President and CEO Charles W. Fluharty
Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation. Click here for the Written Statement for the Record.

2014-04-03 - Follow RUPRI on Twitter!
Follow RUPRI on Twitter - @RUPRIpolicy

2014-04-01 - National Policy Programs Director on CSPAN's Washington Journal
Watch RUPRI's National Policy Programs Director Jocelyn Richgels on CSPAN's Washington Journal, discussing rural and urban population trends.  http://www.c-span.org/video/?318595-5/washington-journal-rural-urban-migration

2014-03-19 - RUPRI President Chuck Fluharty Testifies at an FCC Hearing
Broadband Needs, Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America. FCC Rural Broadband Workshop, Washington DC

2014-02-03 - Financial Planning for Disasters
Associate Director of RUPRI Analytic and Academic Programs, Dr. Matt Fannin (Louisiana State University) delivered a webinar and authored a workbook for the National Association of Development Organizations: Click here to visit the NADO website to view the webinar and download the workbook. 

2013-11-05 - RUPRI State Rural Policy Roundtable - pdf
PowerPoint presentation of the inaugural meeting of the new RUPRI State Rural Policy Roundtable, from November 5, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska

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County Poverty Typology
RUPRI researchers examined county poverty rate dynamics over a 50 year period. Aside from 347 persistent poverty counties, a set of "new entrants" to high poverty status have emerged. High poverty is measured as a poverty rate of 20% or higher in the ACS or Decennial Census data. 

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