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Milwaukee-Waukesha’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in all of Wisconsin


Among the metro area’s poor population, 20.1% live in neighborhoods where four out of 10 residents live in poverty, the analysis found. The overall poverty rate in the metro area is 13.7%.

The Milwaukee-Waukesha metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40% of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Wisconsin, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Only eight states in the nation – Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming – have no metro areas with neighborhoods affected by extreme poverty, according to the study, which incorporates data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey.

Extreme poverty affects 43 out of 422 neighborhoods in Milwaukee-Waukesha, 24/7 Wall St. found. And the 2018 unemployment rate in these poor neighborhoods is 12%.

The poverty line in the United States stands at $12,760 in annual income