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Mecklenburg's poverty areas

North Carolina saw the country's largest increase in the percent of people living in impoverished neighborhoods, newly released data show.

Since 2000, poverty areas in Mecklenburg have spread to communities along South Tryon Street, Independence Boulevard, Central Avenue and south of Interstate 85.

The U.S. Census Bureau defines poverty areas as those with more than 20 percent of their residents living in poverty.

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