Suburban Poverty

Realities of Suburban Poverty

  1. For the first time ever, there are more people living in poverty in the suburbs than the urban centers in the US.
  2. Nationally, 51% of employed people are living on less than $30,000 a year. The national poverty level for a family of 4 is right at $25,000.00.
  3. Suburban poverty is the fastest growing segment of poverty in America growing at 10% annually.
  4. Douglas county is in the top 5 most affluent counties in America.
  5. There are currently 45,000 families in Douglas, Elbert, and Arapahoe counties (where SECOR serves) living in poverty.
  6. More than 30,000 children in Douglas and Arapahoe counties are not eating on the weekends due to Suburban Poverty.
  7. It takes a full time job paying $23.00 an hour to live in a 2-bedroom apartment and be self-sustainable. The average pay in the 42 zip codes SECOR serves is $15-$17 an hour, if you can find work.