Report: High concentration of suburban poverty in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report on poverty in Ohio has found that Columbus has the state’s greatest concentration of suburban poor.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) the annual State of Poverty report shows nearly 12 percent of suburban Columbus residents live in poverty.

Across the state, the report says there are 1.8 million residents living in poverty. That’s about 16 percent of the Ohio’s population.

The report says nearly half of the state’s poor live in suburbs while about 1 in 3 are concentrated in cities.

Dayton had the fastest growth in urban poverty while Cleveland has the largest concentration of poor with nearly 158,000 people.

The head of the group that did the study says the numbers show that poverty is everywhere around Ohio.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,