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Census: 15% Of Idaho Is Poor

More than 15 percent of Idahoans live in poverty according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a little higher than the nation as a whole. Now, a new census report shows that Idaho’s poor are becoming increasingly concentrated. People who study poverty say when the poor live in concentrated areas, their lives are harder. It’s harder to find a job in a high poverty area, crime rates are often high, and housing conditions are often sub-standard. Boise State University sociologist Sergio Romero says when all you see is poverty it’s hard to imagine yourself living differently/Adam Cotterell, Boise State Public Radio. More here.

Question: Have you or your family ever been poor?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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