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Albany’s poverty rate increases slightly


Metro Albany's poverty rate rose last year, but not as much as expected.

US Census Bureau statistics show the rate went from 27.7% in 2010 to 28.4% last year.

Darton State College Economics professor Aaron Johnson says Albany fared well compared to other Georgia cities such as Valdosta where the rate went up nearly 5 points.

Johnson says there are ways to put a dent in the poverty numbers.

"Delaying starting a family or having a child at an early age, these are the socioeconomical challenges that impact not just Albany the south in general," said Johnson.

The state of Georgia saw a 1.2% increase in the poverty rate last year.  It now stands at 19.1%.


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