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Child poverty in Southern Arizona runs rampant

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Children in Southern Arizona are more likely to be living in poverty than anywhere else in the state. This discrepancy has far-reaching consequences beyond simply a bad childhood, and is the primary reason for Arizona having the sixth worst poverty rate in the country. This is despite the fact that statewide, the rate of poverty in most metro areas is declining. A 15-year longitudinal study published by Cornell University in late 2016 showed that children raised in poverty were susceptible to a series of psychological distresses, spurred by the stress and environment, ultimately bleeding over into their adult lives. Tucson’s poverty rate has leveled out at 25 percent over the past three years, posing potential long-term effects. The Cornell study, authored by Gary Evans, a professor in human ecology and in the departments of design and environmental analysis, found research...

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