The number of people in America who are living in poverty has doubled in just the last decade, according to a new study from the National Center for Policy Analysis.
That is largely due to the rapid growth of the suburbs, the new report found.
The authors also found that the growing population of Americans living in cities has led to an increase in people living in rural areas.
The findings of the study were released Monday by the center, which tracks U.S. poverty rates, and the Urban Institute, which is a nonprofit research organization focused on urban issues.
Urban Institute President and CEO Matthew Zimbalist said the rise in rural poverty is due to two factors.
“One, urban people are becoming more mobile, and they are moving into rural areas more and more,” Zimbell said.
“Two, the suburbanization of the country is an issue.”
The new report comes on the heels of a report released by the Urban Policy Institute that found the number of Americans who are poor has grown by 20% since 2008.
In the last 20 years, there has been a significant increase in the number and number of rural households in the United States, the report found, with the total number of households in rural and urban areas nearly doubling over that period.
Zimbell pointed out that the number, as a percentage of all households, has remained stable for the last several decades.
This study, which uses the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey data, is the first to look at how much of the rise is due directly to the growth of urban populations and the decline in rural populations.
While the authors found that many factors are behind the increase in poverty in the rural areas, they also pointed out the rise was largely driven by factors that have increased in tandem with the growth in urban populations.
In addition to the growing numbers of people living more than 30 miles from their rural location, they found that in the last 30 years, the share of the population that is in poverty increased by more than 7 percentage points, from 6.7% to 12.3%.
The authors also looked at the changes in the distribution of household income over time, noting that the share that is earning more income has risen by a factor of 3.5 from 1982 to 2012.
Despite this increase, the authors also noted that poverty rates remained flat in rural America.
One key finding of the report is that the rate of income growth in rural households has been higher than the rates for urban households, the most of which have increased over the past three decades.
While this trend may have led to a significant change in the share living in households with income below $30,000, it also may have contributed to the increase of rural poverty.
Additionally, Zimblich said the growing urban population has created greater mobility for rural Americans.
Many rural residents, he said, now have the option of moving to cities where they will be able to access jobs that pay better than what they can make in their rural areas due to better job prospects.
As a result, the urban population of the U.A. has seen a “pivotal decline in the level of poverty,” he said.
There are a number of other factors that may contribute to this change, including increased availability of food and other necessities that rural residents rely on, higher costs of housing, and access to higher quality public services, such as health care and education.
However, while these factors have been a major contributor to the rise of poverty in rural communities, Zimbbell said that is not the only reason.
A key factor that is driving poverty in cities, he added, is that there are more people in urban areas who have children.
Because of this, urban households are more likely to have more children, increasing the likelihood of poverty, he noted.
He also noted the importance of education in the increase to poverty in urban communities.
“The number of kids living in the city has risen dramatically, and this increases the likelihood that poverty will continue to rise,” he explained.
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