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"We felt intuitively that this is a great place to live, with a high quality of life, and Provo metro was just named the No. 1 economy in the United States. ... We’ll trumpet all the good things, and keep an eye on poverty and address it."
The new data comes from the 2009-2011 American Community Survey, and is in a new working paper entitled, "Examining the Effect of Off-Campus College Students on Poverty Rates."
Following are some data about other Utah areas with universities:
» Sanpete County, home of Snow College in Ephraim. Its overall poverty rate is 16.1 percent. It drops to 12.2 percent without students, a drop of 3.9 percentage points.
» Cedar City, home of Southern Utah University. Its overall poverty rate is 24.5 percent. Without students, it drops to 21 percent, a drop of 3.5 percentage points.
» St. George, home of Dixie College. The overall poverty rate of 15 percent drops to 13 percent without students, down 2 percentage points.
» Salt Lake City. Its poverty rate of 20.8 percent drops to 18.9 percent without students, a drop of 1.8 percentage points.
» Orem, home to Utah Valley University. The poverty rate of 15.5 percent drops to 14 percent without students, down 1.5 percentage points.
» Ogden, home of Weber State University. Its poverty rate of 23.7 percent drops to 22.6 percent without students, down 1.1 percentage points.
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