Areas of Concentrated Poverty

PLEASE NOTE: The Community Development Research team at the Metropolitan Council is currently evaluating its data and publications on "Areas of Concentrated Poverty." In brief, we are concerned that these files tell an incomplete story about these neighborhoods and support a deficit-based narrative that stigmatizes these places and the people who live in them. We strongly recommend that users consider this data in context of the Choice, Place and Opportunity report ( ) and our December presentation to the Metropolitan Council ( ).<br/><br/>The Metropolitan Council defines Areas of Concentrated Poverty (ACPs) as census tracts where 40% or more of the residents have family or individual incomes that are less than 185% of the federal poverty threshold. (In 2018, 185% of the federal poverty threshold was $47,547 for a family of four or $23,650 for an individual living alone.) Some census tracts that meet this poverty threshold have a large share of college or graduate students; we exclude these census tracts from our defined Areas of Concentrated Poverty.<br/><br/>To identify areas where people of color experience the most exposure to concentrated poverty, the Council further differentiates Areas of Concentrated Poverty where 50% or more of the residents are people of color (ACP50s).<br/><br/>Note that the Metropolitan Council's Areas of Concentrated Poverty are different from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development's Racially / Ethnically Concentrated Areas of Poverty. <br/>

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dsAccessConst None. This dataset is public domain under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13). If the dataset is not available from the Online Linkage in Section 6, please contact the Distribution Contact Person.
dsCurrentRef These tables are based on the 2014-2018 five-year ACS estimates.
Please contact Matt Schroeder (contact information below) for historical data tables.
dsModifiedDate 2020-04-07 00:28:07
dsOriginator Metropolitan Council
dsPurpose Identify and analyze various social and demographic data within and outside the spatially defined areas.
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