Poverty Suburbanization in the United States: The case of Dallas Fort-Worth, Texas
Helina Sarkodie-Minkah, GIS Certificate Candidate, Department of Community and Regional Planning
Advisor: Dr. Mônica A. Haddad
Poverty is suburbanizing in metropolitan areas of the United States, and the experience in the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan Area (DFWMA) is no exception to this trend. The number of people living below the federal poverty line in the suburbs exceeds that of the central city. Within this context, this study seeks to examine the spatial distribution of poverty in the DFWMA and to understand the policies and programs being implemented – at the local level – for alleviation of poverty in the DFWMA. The study employs Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis to identify clusters of poverty in the DFWMA in 2000 and 2010. Additionally, I also examine the spatial distribution of percentage white and percentage receiving Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program. My spatial unit of analysis is the census tracts. After identifying the clusters of high poverty located in the suburbs of DFWMA, I interview planners to understand the policies and programs that are being implemented at the local level to alleviate poverty. The study will shed some light on the need to address the increasing trends of poverty in the U.S. suburbs, and on the need to understand strategies to alleviate poverty in these suburbs.