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January 20, 2010 5:24 AM

Poverty rates across the Carolinas continue to grow

More than one of every four Columbia, S.C., residents is now living in poverty. Columbia has been hit harder than other cities in the Carolinas, but Charleston, Charlotte and Raleigh are also home to a growing number of poor people. The new study by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, looked at Census Bureau data for the country's 95 largest urban areas, which are called Metropolitan Statistical Areas by the U.S. government.

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