U.S. Census Bureau statistics from its American Community Survey (ACS) show a decline in poverty rates in 13 of 25 of the most populous metro areas from 2016 and 2017.
“It is welcome news,” said Arloc Sherman, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “Anyway you count – it’s nice to have some improvement.”
The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area had the lowest poverty rate of 7.9 percent down – from 8.4 percent – followed by the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area at 8.1 percent – down from 8.8 percent, according to the ACS released Thursday.
“Overall, you’re seeing very good progress – progress that’s coming after many years of stagnation during the great recession,” said Robert Rector, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. “This is very good.”
Here are other metro areas where poverty rates declined from 2016 to 2017: