Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Publication Title

International Journal of Comparative Sociology

Volume

39

Issue

4

First Page

378

Last Page

383

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/002071529803900402

Keywords

Canada, Census, Conventrated poverty, High poverty neighborhoods, Poverty, Survey, United States, Urban places

Abstract

As compared to Toronto’s poor people, three to four-fold as many of upstate New York’s poor live in severely impoverished neighborhoods, areas where 40% or more of the residents have annual incomes below the federally established low income or poverty criterion. However, the prevalence of such extremely degraded living conditions increased similarly (two-fold) on both sides of the Canadian-US border during the 1980s. This urban problem, of the concentration of poor people, seems to predominantly be an inner-city problem in the US, whereas it was found to be nearly equivalently extant in the inner-city, mid-suburban and outlying suburban areas of metropolitan Toronto.