GREEN BAY (AP) - The number of poor is growing faster in the communities around Green Bay than in the city itself.
Press-Gazette Media reports that this reflects a national trend of poverty growing more rapidly in suburbs than in urban areas. The trend was documented in a new study by the Brookings Institution.
The Green Bay area is not included in the Brookings study, but U.S. census data shows the same thing happening there.
Green Bay has seen its poor population increase from 10.5 percent in 1999 to 16.3 percent in 2011. But in Ashwaubenon, the percentage of poor more than doubled from 4 percent to 9.3 percent in that time. Similar growth in poverty has been seen in Bellevue, De Pere, Howard and Pulaski.
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