Website: Lehigh Valley has country's 19th highest concentrated poverty rate among metro areas

 

The Lehigh Valley ranked in the nation's top five for regional economic growth in 2018, but a new study also suggests the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area has a poverty problem.

The website 24-7 Wall Street says the area has the country's 19th highest concentrated poverty rate among metro areas.

"Concentrated poverty" is defined as neighborhoods with poverty rates of 40 percent or more.

The website also says that doesn't mean the Lehigh Valley should be defined as "poor."

About 11 percent of the population lives in poverty, which is below the national rate.

The study does call the Lehigh Valley extremely "economically segregated."