Analysis: Memphis is poorest metro area

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- An analysis of census data has found that Memphis is the nation's poorest large metropolitan area and the economic divide between races has widened.

The Commercial Appeal reported that University of Memphis researcher Elena Delavega found that the poverty rate for the eight-county metro area increased from 19.3 to 19.9 percent. She says that makes it the poorest metro area that has a population of at least 1 million residents.

In addition, Delavega found that the countywide poverty rate for white residents last year was 8.7 percent while blacks had a poverty rate of 30.3 percent and the Hispanic poverty rate was 35.6 percent.

Delavega says a multitude of factors likely have played roles in the economic disparity.

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