Cities are back on the nation’s radar—as the dynamic location of the “knowledge economy” and the “creative class.”
What, then, about the other cities, the spaces of concentrated poverty, structural racism, and police violence? Well, for the past year, we’ve been learning about some of them: Detroit, Ferguson, and Baltimore.
Still, how are all these other cities—three of which are in New York (Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo), according to a new report from the Century Foundation—not on the nation’s radar?
As it turns out, the list of ten metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of Hispanic poverty includes seven of the same areas in the previous list: Syracuse, Detroit, Rochester, Milwaukee, Fresno, Buffalo, and Cleveland.
The concentration of non-Hispanic white poverty, in contrast, is highest in a somewhat different list of metropolitan areas. Detroit, again, and McAllen stand out with more than one-third of their white poor living in high-poverty areas. Detroit, Fresno, and Syracuse are the only metropolitan areas on all three lists, but the concentration of white poverty is much lower in Fresno than in Detroit or Syracuse. Smaller metropolitan areas with fewer than 1 million persons dominate all three lists, but New York, the largest, is included in the list of cities with the highest concentration of white poverty.