By 2010-14, 14 million people lived in extremely poor neighborhoods—5.2 million more than before the downturn and more than twice as many as in 2000.
The intersection between poverty and place matters. Poor neighborhoods come with an array of challenges that negatively affect both the people who live in those neighborhoods—whether they themselves are poor or not—as well as the larger regions in which those neighborhoods are located.1 Residents of poor neighborhoods face higher crime rates and exhibit poorer physicaland mental health outcomes. They tend to go to poor-performing neighborhood schools withhigher dropout rates. Their job-seeking networks tend to be weaker and they face higher levels offinancial insecurity.