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15 Arkansas Counties in Persistent Poverty

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About 10.9% of the 3,142 counties in the United States experienced high poverty rates for an extended period, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report released May 22.

An area is considered in persistent poverty if it had a poverty rate of 20% or higher during the three decades from 1989 to 2019. More than 80% of the 341 counties identified in persistent poverty were in the South.

In Arkansas, 15 of the state’s 75 counties were identified as being in persistent poverty, most of them in the Mississippi Delta, with those 15 counties home to 10.5% of Arkansas’ population.

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