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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A think tank study says the growing number of Indianapolis residents living in poverty has nearly outpaced the city’s population increase since 2000.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Indianapolis-based Sagamore Institute found that the number of Indianapolis residents living in poverty rose from nearly 12 percent in 2000 to more than 21 percent in 2015 — an increase of more than 85,000 people. The study found that the city population grew nearly 90,000 during that same 15-year period.

Mayor Joe Hogsett says he wants to spend as much energy helping current residents as he does attracting and retaining talent and new companies.

Hogsett says he hopes recent investments in neighborhoods and the city’s increased efforts to get underemployed people trained for better jobs will improve the situation.


Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal,