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Dimensions of Poverty in the North Central Region of the U.S.

Without question, poverty is a complex problem that is rooted in a number of factors. The website is designed to examine the mix of forces identified by social scientists as possible contributors to poverty. We draw on a number of poverty studies -- conducted by anthropologists, demographers, economists, geographers, political scientists, regional scientists, sociologists and planners – in determining the core set of variables to explore in the new Dimension s of Poverty website. 

Poverty is a topic that has been, and continues to be, a subject of considerable interest on the part of researchers, policy analysts and practitioners. While a number of federal efforts have been undertaken over the past several decades to reduce poverty, it continues to impact many people and places in the United States. Currently, 40.6 million Americans, and 13.3 million young people under 18 years of age, are living in poverty today. 

The new website offers valuable information about poverty in the North Central region. 

Presented by:  Bo Beaulieu is director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and assistant director of the Extension Community Development Program.  Indraneel Kumar is the Regional planner: GIS and Spatial Analysis for the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD).  Andrey Zhalnin is a GIS/data analyst for the Purdue Center for Regional Development, joining the staff in 2011.Andrey 

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