Realities of Suburban Poverty
- For the first time ever, there are more people living in poverty in the suburbs than the urban centers in the US. http://bit.ly/1KKRcDm
- 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. http://bit.ly/1kwy6dH
- Suburban poverty is the fastest growing segment of poverty in America growing at 10% annually.
- Douglas county is in the top 5 most affluent counties in America.
- There are currently 45,000 families in Douglas, Elbert, and Arapahoe counties (where SECOR serves) living in poverty.
- More than 30,000 children in Douglas and Arapahoe counties are not eating on the weekends due to Suburban Poverty.
- 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.