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“Urban” areas are defined as heavily populated areas with residential, non-residential and commercial properties throughout them.1 Over half of the global population lives in urban areas, and an estimated 60 percent of the world will live in urban areas by 2050.2 Ninety percent of this growth is expected to fall in Asia and Africa.3 While data on worldwide urban poverty rates is not available, in the United States, 16 percent of the national urban population falls below the poverty line.4 Those impoverished in urban areas face a variety of challenges, including overcrowded housing, inadequate access to clean water and hygiene facilities, child labor, high rates of crime, human trafficking, sexual abuse and violence.4 Show References
1 https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/urban-rural.html 2 https://www.worldvision.com.au/global-issues/work-we-do/poverty/world-vision-urban-poverty 3 https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/news/population/2018-revision-of-world-urbanization-prospects.html 4 https://www.census.gov/newsroom/blogs/random-samplings/2016/12/a_comparison_of_rura.html 5 https://www.worldvision.com.au/global-issues/work-we-do/poverty/world-vision-urban-poverty
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