Toledo Blade: Toledo Area Poverty Rate Worst in U.S.
The concentration of poor people living in Toledo's poorest neighborhoods grew by more than 15 percent in the past decade, giving the metropolitan area the unenviable distinction of No. 1 among American's largest metro areas.
More than 46,000 people reside in neighborhoods with poverty rates of 40 percent or higher in the metro area -- which includes Lucas, Fulton, Ottawa, and Wood counties -- with all but one of the 22 poor neighborhoods located within the borders of Toledo, according to a Brookings Institution study of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country.
El Paso, Youngstown, Baton Rouge, Detroit, Jackson, Miss., New Haven, Conn., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Dayton, and Hartford, followed Toledo in the rankings.