Possible leaderKathryn Edin (Johns Hopkins University)

Type of poverty: Racially concentrated

The Washington-Baltimore site is well known for its racialized form of poverty (especially in Washington, D.C.). The poverty rate is very high in Washington, D.C. (18.6 percent) and Baltimore alike (23.8 percent). It's notable that, while Baltimore City ranks as the lowest of the nation's hundred-largest counties in intergenerational mobility (i.e. mobility from the lowest to highest quintile), two suburbs of D.C. (Fairfax, VA and Montgomery, MD) rank, by contrast, among the top 10."