Chicago poverty rates on the rise since 2000

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A recent Chicago Reader story challenges recent claims by politicians that Chicago has “revamped” itself in terms of poverty and economic inequality by using Census data on poverty rates crunched by the Heartland Alliance. The ultimate finding is that the percentage of Chicagoans living in poverty has actually increased from 19.6 percent in 2000 to 22.1 percent. This map provides details on the figures, by community area:

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