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Goldsboro, the county seat and largest municipality in Wayne County, is grappling with rapidly spreading poverty and deepening patterns of racial and economic segregation. According to an analysis by the Pew Research Center, the percentage of middle income households in Goldsboro shrank more than almost anywhere else in the country. Median household income, according to the most recent Census data, is a meager $32,148. One in four people overall are poor. Over half of all county residents, and over 70% of its black and Latinx residents, live in a neighborhood marked by poverty.

Our report, Goldsboro: Isolation and Marginalization in Eastern North Carolina, examines concentrated poverty in Goldsboro through the voices of its residents. It also looks more deeply at poverty trends, housing challenges, and racial and economic segregation in the public schools. Our conclusion? While residents of color bear the brunt of poverty in Goldsboro, it drags down the entire community. To address poverty in Goldsboro is to improve prosperity across the board.

The segregation of public schools by income and race is big part of the picture in Wayne County--and one that has a lasting impact. Explore school performance through the prisms of race and poverty in our Story Map.

Wayne County

Source: 2016 ACS 5-Year Estimates

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