Nearly one in every three children in Scranton lived in poverty in 2011, according to a new census report released Thursday.
In Lackawanna County, about one in every five children lived in poverty last year, while in neighboring Luzerne County, about one in three children did, U.S. Census Bureau estimates show.
Overall, on average, about one in every seven residents in both Lackawanna and Luzerne lived in poverty in 2011, the figures show. In Scranton, nearly one in four city residents lived in poverty.
The poverty numbers underscore what local community leaders already know: More people in Northeast Pennsylvania are struggling to make ends meet. And, they say, the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
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