In summer 2013, we started looking more deeply at the divide between urban and rural poverty in North Carolina, focusing specifically on Mecklenburg and Durham counties. At that time, discussions about poverty in the state and what should be done about it often framed it as a rural issue. But inspired by colleagues' research at UNC-Chapel Hill, we found that deep pockets of poverty existed in both rural and urban places, and that some of the worst off neighborhoods were at the core of the state's economically booming cities.
This led us to think more deeply about how poverty looks different (or the same) in locations across the state--and why it might be that way. In 2014, we received a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to continue, deepen and extend this research to a range of NC communities. Subsequently, we have researched communities from west to east; small, big and in-between. For our reports and more information, please visit the pages below. Please check back as we add new locations.