Publication Details

Poverty and postsecondary students in college towns

Author:

Luke Juday

Date Published:

March 7, 2016

Publication Type:

Reports

Effective efforts to address poverty begin with a clear understanding of its prevalence in a given community. However, across the United States, college towns—localities home to large populations of post-secondary students—display high rates of poverty that may not reliably capture the level of persistent need among non-student residents. This brief, "Poverty in college towns," explains why formal techniques may be insufficient for understanding poverty in Virginia college towns and offers an alternative method for measuring the level of need among the non-student population in these localities.

View our StatChat blog post, How to modify poverty calculations for college towns, for detailed instructions on how to compare official poverty rates with non-student poverty rates using publicly-available Census Bureau data.