By Tazra Mitchell
Poverty remains elevated in North Carolina, touching the lives of more than 1.7 million Tar Heels. Disapirites persist too, with poverty maintaining the fiercest grip on communities of color, children, and single-parent households. Poverty is also strongly skewed by geography. Rural and eastern parts of the state are plagued by persistent generational poverty. And while urban and suburban areas experience lower overall poverty rates, they house deep pockets of poverty that erode economic opportunity.
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