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      Toledo area poverty rates named worst in the nation

      Toledo metro area has the highest rate of poverty in the U.S. / WNWO archive

      Just days after being named one of the country's "brokest" cities, Toledo has climbed its way to the top of another list.

      According to a decade-long study, the Glass City had the greatest increase in concentrated proverty in the U.S--15 percent. Data reveals that our neighbor to the east, Youngstown, has the nation's highest concentration of poverty among the biggest 100 metro areas.

      "After substantial progress against concentrated poverty during the booming economy of the late 1990s, the economically turbulent 2000s saw much of those gains erased." the authors of the study wrote.

      Youngstown's poverty rate is around 50 percent, where Toledo ranks in around 31 percent.

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