November 16, 2021 -
The 2020 census undercounted the overall U.S. population by just 0.5%, but much bigger undercounts in Southern states will cost them millions of dollars in federal health care funding for low-income communities, according to a new report from the Urban Institute.
September 24, 2021 -
Earlier this year, Congress approved expanding the child tax credit and paying it out in advance as part of the American Rescue Plan economic stimulus bill. As Democrats discuss extending the credit, advocates argue that making it permanent would slash child poverty rates, which are especially high across the South.
July 31, 2020 -
The South's five most populous metropolitan areas are rich in racial and ethnic diversity, yet segregation persists at the neighborhood level. A recent Trump administration decision to scrap a rule designed to prevent racial discrimination in housing is unlikely to help.
June 1, 2020 -
Several chronic health conditions that disproportionately affect residents of Southern states are now considered potential risk factors for severe illness from COVID-19. As the country moves toward reopening, public health experts fear the pandemic could wreak havoc on vulnerable communities across the South.
July 2, 2015 -
A new interactive map from the Urban Institute shows patterns of affluence across the country. Southern metro areas show clear clusters of affluence, indicating that resources and opportunities are concentrated in certain areas.
May 15, 2015 -
The South has long been known for having some of the poorest communities and poorest schools. A recent Urban Institute analysis reveals trends in the region at the local level, including a major urban-rural divide.
December 14, 2012 -
The economic downturn is pushing more U.S. children into poverty, and it's no longer a problem limited mostly to Southern states.