Columbus Metro Sees Highest Poverty Rate Among 16 Cities


UPDATED: Wednesday November 30, 2011 5:16 PM

A report released on Wednesday showed that the Columbus metropolitan area has the highest poverty rate among 16 community benchmarks areas.

The Benchmarking Central Ohio 2011 report compares Central Ohio to 15 other metropolitan areas looking at 76 indicators, 10TV News reported.

The indicators include changes in population, personal income, economic strength, community wellbeing, and lifelong learning.

The report ranks Columbus at the bottom with the highest percent of children under 18 years old living in families where neither parent is working.

Columbus ranked 12th in both home foreclosures and home ownership, according to the report.

There were some bright spots in the report. The metropolitan area has a relatively low violent-crime rate, a relatively high rate of volunteering, and the third-shortest commute time by car, 10TV News reported.

Columbus ranked number two for its low high school drop-out rate, has the 5th highest percent of the population 25 and over with a bachelor's degree, and is ranked second in public library visits per capita.

The report was written by Community Research Partners with funding from the Columbus Foundation and the Columbus Partnership.

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