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Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian Poverty in the New York Metro Area

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The number of Asian Americans living in poverty increased by 15 percent over the last decade in the New York metro area, from just over 252,000 in 2010 to almost 290,000 in 2019. However, in an unprecedented shift, large numbers of Asians living in poverty are also leaving New York City for the suburbs- where services for the community are limited.  The Hudson Valley region, for example, saw the greatest increase in the number of poor Asian Americans. At the same time, the City’s share of  Asians living in poverty decreased from 2010 to 2019. 

AAF’s latest report on Asian American poverty: 

  • Illustrates the changing demographics of Asian Americans living in poverty, particularly their migration to the suburbs
  • Investigates the scale of the geographic spread of Asian American poor in the New York metro area
  • Helps in understanding who the Asian American poor are, and the challenges they face
  • Measures the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income Asian Americans 
  • Shares recommendations for private and public leaders to help Asian Americans in poverty in the short and long term – including making sure that services are made available in the areas they are moving to. 

 

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