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Figure 3-4: Percent of Population Below Poverty in Central Cities vs. Suburban Areas, Metropolitan Areas, 2000 (Text Description)

The figure is a graph showing the ratio of central city poverty to surrounding suburbia poverty, by region of the Nation. In the Northeast, the ratio was highest in Hartford, roughly 5.4 to 1. In Rochester, Newark, and Trenton, the ratio was between 4 and 5 to 1. In Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Syracuse, the ratio was between 3 and 4 to 1. In New York, Worcester, and Pittsburgh, the ratio was between 2 and 3 to 1. In Scranton and Jersey City, the ratio was roughly 1.5 to 1. In the South, the ratio was highest in Baltimore, about 4.3 to 1. In Washington, DC, and Atlanta, the ratio was between 3 and 4 to 1. The ratio was 2.4 to 1 in Memphis and 2 to 1 in Chattanooga. The ratio was less than 2 to 1 in Tampa, Miami, and Johnson City. In Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers, the percentage below poverty was greater in the suburbs than the central city. In the Midwest, the ratio was highest in Milwaukee, at nearly 6 to 1. The ratio was slightly more than 4 to 1 in Minneapolis. In Lansing, Chicago, and Detroit, the ratio was between 3 and 4 to 1. In Battle Creek and Kansas City, the ratio was between 2 and 2.5 to 1. In Little Rock, the ratio was 1.3 to 1. In the West, the ratio was highest in Salt Lake City, at about 2.7 to 1, followed by Oakland, at 2.2 to 1. In Orange County, Portland, San Jose, and Riverside, the ratio was between 1 and 2 to 1. In Bakersfield, the percentage below poverty was greater in the suburbs than the central city.

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