Pockets of poverty grow in the United States

WASHINGTON - The problem of poverty became more acute in many US neighborhoods in the Midwest and South over the last decade, threatening schools, safety and public health, while raising costs for local governments, according to a study released on Thursday.
The Brookings Institution, an independent research group, found the populations of extreme poverty neighborhoods grew by one-third over the last 10 years.
At least 40 percent of the individuals in extreme poverty areas live below the federal poverty line, defined as an annual income of $22,314 for a family of four.
Altogether, the Midwest "led other regions for growth in pockets of extreme poverty."
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