With harsh cold and snow forecast for much of the state in the next few days, officials in Ohio’s Department of Aging are urging precautions for older people who could be at increased risk of weather-related problems.
Youngstown Leads Nation’s Cities In “Concentrated” Poverty
A new study says Youngstown has the nation’s highest concentration of poverty among the 100 biggest metro areas.
The report was released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington, D.C.
It says Youngstown, still struggling from the loss of steel industry jobs, has a concentrated poverty rate of 49.7 percent. Concentrated poverty is the share of poor people in areas with poverty rates of 40 percent and higher.
Cleveland has a 42 percent concentrated poverty rate, Cincinnati 31.6 percent, Toledo 30.6 percent, Columbus 22.7 percent and Akron 22 percent.
A prosecutor and judge in Youngstown both tell The Vindicator newspaper that high poverty rates contribute to rising crime.