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Area’s poverty rate third lowest in U.S.

High incomes in the surrounding suburbs helped the Bridgeport-Stamford metro region to the third lowest poverty rate in the nation last year. The U.S. Census Bureau said in a special report that 9.4 percent of the population of the Bridgeport-Stamford region was living in poverty. That tied the region with Poughkeepsie-Middletown, N.Y. “It surprises me to some extent because the city of Bridgeport was at one time,with Hartford and New Haven, listed among the cities with the highest rates of poverty,” said Ed Deak, Fairfield University Professor of economics. Deak said because the region lost so many jobs during the recession, he thought the region would rank higher in poverty levels.

Published in Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Danbury News Times on 10/21/11

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