Comprehensive Community Assessment study shows Columbus’ poverty rate higher than state average | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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Comprehensive Community Assessment study shows Columbus’ poverty rate higher than state average | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Eighteen percent of Columbus residents live in poverty and 19 percent lack access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods, according to a report released Thursday by a local service agency.

Race continues to be a key poverty indicator with blacks accounting for 66 percent of the county’s poor, while white residents make up 27 percent and Asians and Hispanics less than 1 percent.

The Georgia state average for residents who live in poverty is 16 percent.

The statistics are part of a triennial Comprehensive Community Assessment conducted by Enrichment Services Inc., an agency that provides a full range of social services to citizens in an eight-county region that includes Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Clay, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart and Talbot counties.

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