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Birmingham’s Poverty Rate Drops by 7.5%

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April Odom

United States Census Media Inquiries: 301-763-3030

Birmingham’s Poverty Rate Drops by 7.5%

The US Census Bureau released the 2016 American Community Survey results on September 14, 2017. The decrease in poverty shown for the City of Birmingham is significant.

In the past five years, the poverty rate has dropped from a high of 32% to 24.5%–a decrease of 7.5% resulting in 14,845 fewer citizens living in poverty in Birmingham, Alabama.

“We still have a lot of work to do, but it is encouraging to see these numbers go down and know that we are making progress,” said Mayor William Bell.

The new release of data also shows that the population of Birmingham has grown by 2,082 people since 2011, reversing the trend of population decline experienced since the 1960s during the period of “white flight”.

The population growth began in 2012 and has continued since that time.

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