Riverdale area suffers highest level of economic hardship in Chicago

The Riverdale community area on Chicago's Far South Side has the city's highest level of economic hardship, according to a ranking released this week. (City of Chicago 2015)

The Riverdale community area on Chicago’s Far South Side has the city’s highest level of economic hardship, according to a ranking released this week. (City of Chicago 2015)

A Chicago Tribune article highlights a UIC Great Cities Institute report ranking economic hardship in Chicago’s 77 communities. Matthew Wilson, an economic development planner at the institute, is quoted on the rankings and local conditions.

With a per capita income of less than $7,500 and an unemployment rate at 40 percent, the Riverdale community area on Chicago’s southern edge has the most economic hardship in the city.

That’s according to a ranking of Chicago’s 77 community areas released this week by the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which used 2010 to 2014 five-year estimates from the American Community Survey to measure hardship based on a number of indicators, including education level and poverty rate.

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