Population Rises in U.S. Poverty Areas, Arkansas Up Nearly 15 Percent by Arkansas Business Staff Posted 7/14/2014 12:00 am Updated 2 years ago One in four residents of the United States live in “poverty areas,” according to federal data. That's an increase from less than one in five in 2000. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 15 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.