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Census Tracts in Extreme Poverty

There are seven neighborhoods in extreme poverty

Neighborhoods in extreme poverty are generally considered to be those with more than 40% of residents in poverty. At this concentrated level of poverty, individuals begin to face cultural and social constraints that isolate them from opportunities for economic advancement.3,4

  • In 2000, Lincoln had no neighborhoods in extreme poverty. 5
  • In 2015, Lincoln had five neighborhoods in extreme poverty.
  • In 2017, Lincoln had seven neighborhoods in extreme poverty.

Neighborhoods in extreme poverty fluctuate over time, particularly for neighborhoods with poverty rates hovering close to 40%.

  • Census Tracts 4, 8, and 19 are new extreme poverty neighborhoods in this report (at 40%, 43%, and 47% respectively).
Footnotes

3. Quane, J. M., & Wilson, W. J. (2012). Critical commentary: Making the connection between the socialisation and the social isolation of the inner-city poor. Urban Studies, 49(14), 2977-2987. doi: 10.1177/0042098012453857

4. Wilson, W. J. (2010). Why both social structure and culture matter in a holistic analysis of inner-city poverty. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 629,200-219. doi: 10.1177/0002716209357403

5. Due to changes in the Census’ methodology for sampling populations, caution must be exercised when comparing 2000 decennial data with the newer American Community Survey data. Lincoln has 72 Census Tract neighborhoods. Neighborhoods for which extreme poverty was calculated exclude Census Tract 6, situated directly over the main campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Census Tract 35, situated over the Lincoln Regional Center; and Census Tract 36.01, covering the State Penitentiary.