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Census: Poverty level steady in Philadelphia, drops in Camden

September 17, 2015

Mariana Chilton, PhD, an associate professor of Health Management and Policy and director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities the Drexel School of Public Health, was quoted in a September 17 Philadelphia Inquirer article about poverty levels in Philadelphia and Camden. Philadelphia remains as the poorest of America's top ten largest cities. Of its residents, 26 percent live below the poverty line; inexplicably Camden has witnessed a remarkable drop in poverty in 2014 from 42.6 percent to 36.5 percent.

Chilton called the replicated rate of poverty a "horrifying status quo. Our school system, our housing systems, our abominable city minimum wage are all implicated," she added.

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