From 2000 to 2013, the number of suburban households below the federal poverty threshold in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan region doubled from 154,769 (7.2%) to 309,293 (11.9%). Suburban poverty grew almost 3 times as fast as urban poverty. Growth of suburban poverty in our region echoes a national trend. Nationally, however, suburban poverty seems to be leveling off, while locally it’s gathering momentum.
For more on this issue, see King County’s 2014 Equity and Social Justice Report and recent case studies on Tukwila and the Road Map Project in South King County. Also see Communities Count data on student homelessness, student qualification for free and reduced-price meals, recent poverty trends, and recent poverty trends by race/ethnicity.