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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