(157) North Carolina

North Carolina appears to fully conform to the pattern of suburban poverty.  A pretty unfortunate circumstance considering that in recent years its largest city has become a major financial centre reporting remarkable employment growth (at least in that sector) as well as plenty of sprawl-based development.  Charlotte is even home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame!
Perhaps then, suburban poverty will be a topic in detail for speechmakers and election strategists when the Democratic convention gets going there in September?  We wouldn’t bet on it.  Not after considering a recent report from the North Carolina Justice Centre that indicates more than 650,000 North Carolinians have moved into poverty in roughly a decade.

Poverty gave a body blow to N.C. suburbs Charlotte Observer

Suburbia vs. sustainability: like other Sun Belt centers, Charlotte is nervous about density, even as it prepares for Democrats to gather in convention

All’s not well in N.C. suburbs as poverty rises Charlotte Observer