Luke Juday 03/07/2016

Across the U.S., college towns—localities home to large populations of post-secondary students—display high rates of poverty that may not reliably capture the level of persistent need among non-student residents. This report explains why formal techniques may be insufficient for understanding poverty in Virginia college towns and offers an alternative method for measuring the level of need among the non-student population in these localities.

View how to modify poverty calculations, for detailed instructions on how to compare official poverty rates with non-student poverty rates using publicly-available Census Bureau data. 

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