Wilmington has poverty levels well below the national average. Delaware as a whole tends to have significantly fewer of its cities being hit with extreme poverty. This statistic says a lot about Wilmington’s economic development, culture, and growth in the last few years.

Summarized from the full article on www.msn.com

“While concentrated poverty tends to be worse in urban areas, Delaware’s only metro area is not home to any extreme poverty neighborhoods. The Dover metro area has an overall poverty rate of 13.2%, less than the 15.1% national poverty rate but above the state rate of just 11.7%. Still, Delaware is home to four neighborhoods where the poverty rate is at least 40%. Some 4.5% of Delaware’s poor residents live in such extreme poverty neighborhoods — an increase from the state’s concentrated poverty rate of 4.0% in 2010 yet far below the 11.6% national concentrated poverty rate.”

Showing that the poverty rate hasn’t increased demonstrates the effectiveness of the efforts made and strides gained toward population health, housing, and financial stability. It is obvious that not only Wilmington, but Delaware as a whole is moving in the right direction. The numbers above tell a story that gives hope that one day the areas that are still struggling can be helped in the same ways as the areas that already have been.

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