According to the mayor’s anti-poverty commission report, more than 50 percent of Richmond’s student population living off campus is considered to be living in poverty.
That probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to the students, but the numbers do have a big effect on Richmond’s overall poverty numbers, the report said.
According to the study, 16,064 college students live off campus in Richmond. Of those, 8,536 are considered poor. That population accounts for almost 10 percent of Richmond’s 48,452 impoverished citizens.
The tidbit was first picked up by the neighborhood blog Fan of the Fan.
From the report:
Most neighborhoods in Richmond with a high official poverty rate do not consist substantially (if at all) of college students. Some neighborhoods in the downtown area, however, are classified as high poverty by the Census primarily because of the presence of college students. Five of the eighteen tracts citywide with a poverty rate above 35% consist primarily of college students.