How is poverty changing at the local level? Who is most affected by these changes? What challenges are unique to the very low income families in neighborhoods where poverty is high or climbing quickly?

We will present highlights from a new report, The Changing Landscape of Poverty, on June 27 at the SAVI Talks public discussion at WFYI, 1630 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202, at 8 a.m.. This current research explores the poverty rate in Central Indiana which has risen from 9% in 1970 to 14% in 2017, but the rates vary widely by neighborhood.

  • Historically, poverty has been highest in core urban neighborhoods where, in 1970, one in six residents lived in poverty. Now that number is one in three.
  • Poverty has grown the fastest in middle-ring suburbs where the rate has quadrupled from 5% in 1970 to 20% in 2017.
  • Some neighborhoods, such as those built since 2000, have had consistently low rates of poverty and have experienced very little change in those rates. The residents in each of these areas are different, and so is their experience of living in poverty.
  • In 1970, almost half of the population in poverty lived in Pre-War Neighborhoods.
  • In 2017, a third of the population in poverty lives in Interstate neighborhoods.
  • Poverty rate among white residents tend to be less than half that for black resident.

A hard copy of the report will be distributed at the event as well as a PDF version loaded on the website afterward.

Join us June 27 as we explore these findings and the implications for people living below the poverty line in different parts of the region.