Originally Posted by The Ralpst
You're right with your statistics, and I realized that I made an error by not quoting the right demographic in my original post. I had been basing my numbers on families with children from this article that I had originally read in the St. Cloud Times (you can't get the original link on their website anymore, but here's a copy below). I didn't get a chance to proofread my post and I messed it up. My apologies.
Here's the most relevant quote:
"Sept. 29--New data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show the struggling economy is pushing a growing number of St. Cloud families into poverty.
The American Community Survey estimates show 31.6 percent -- nearly one-third -- of St. Cloud families with related children under 18 years had an income below the poverty level in 2009.
That's substantially higher than the number of Minnesota families with children in poverty, 12 percent, and nearly double the national figure of 17 percent."
Also, beware lumping District 6 together. It is one of the most oddly-drawn districts I have ever seen. It includes St. Cloud, which is a fast-growing but poor area while simultaneously including the extremely wealth Western suburbs of the Twin Cities and
the extremely wealthy Eastern suburbs like Stillwater, Dellwood, etc. Trying to interpret anything statistically meaningful for the district as a whole is an exercise in futility.
From my own experience and the data I quoted I would have to respectfully disagree. I grew up in one of the first-ring of suburbs around Minneapolis. Having relatives and visiting the area weekly for more than a decade I would characterize the St. Cloud/Sauk Rapids/Luxembourg/Sartell area as a regional center with extremely high development centered around Highway 10 and the river. St. Cloud has several advantages that the other regional cities (I.E. Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, Moorhead/Fargo) the least of which include is its location close to the suburbs of the Twin Cities and the Northstar Corridor.
The main problem with the statistic you have listed is called the MAUP problem: the boundary comparison between all of Minnesota and the United States is not apples to apples; nor is the features of the communities the same. If we compare the poverty level of families with children about Duluth, Mankato or even in the general vicinity of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities you will see a higher poverty rate and the cause is quite simple: college kids with children (IE young adults attending school, working part-time and who have children). The St. Cloud Times (being naturally biased) would interpret and report this statistic to make it sound worse than the reality of the situation.
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Long story short it has very little to do with the development and economic policies of your representative. Although, her positions don't necessarily help the existing urban phenomena.