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Report: More Than A Sixth Of Ohioans Live In Poverty

Apr 28, 2016

16% of Ohioans lived all of last year in poverty, and nearly a third were under the federal poverty line for at least some of 2015. Those are among the findings in a report from community groups that work on the front lines of the war on poverty in Ohio.

A page from the OACAA State of Poverty 2015 report, showing where poor Ohioans live.
Credit OACAA.ORG

 The numbers are similar to last year’s. One in three poor Ohioans live in urban areas, but almost half of those living in poverty are in rural or suburban areas. Phil Cole with the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies blamed income inequality and a lack of jobs and transportation where people are living. "There are a lot of things that cause poverty, that get people into poverty. The challenge is getting out," Cole said.

And there’s evidence that getting out is very hard – a little over 5 percent of Ohio kids who start out in the bottom fifth of income will end up in the top fifth by the time they’re adults, but more than 38% will stay among the poorest Ohioans.

Check out the full report here.