According to a local reporter Megan Cottrell, Chicago ranks third on the list of the ten cities with the most families living in a state of extreme poverty. Cottrell based the list off findings from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
Extreme poverty, Cottrell wrote, can mean a family of three making due with earning $9,500 a year. Kimberly Drew, a policy associate at the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, told Cottrell that means these families are making tough decisions like choosing whether to pay for medicine or food or utilities over rent.
Philadelphia and Phoenix are the only two U.S. cities that outrank Chicago's 10.40 percent-extreme poverty rate.
For Cottrell's full list, click here.
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Posted March 29th, 2013 @ 11:55am