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Student presence increases poverty rate

(THE MORNING SUN) — The presence of university students in a community can dramatically increase its official poverty rate, according to a new study by the Census Bureau.

In many college towns, including Mt. Pleasant, East Lansing and Ann Arbor, the poverty rate falls by double digits once students are factored out, according to the study by analyst Alemayehu Bishaw.

“Though they are a transient resident population, it is apparent that the demographic and economic characteristics of these students are noticeably reflected in the characteristics of the local communities,” Bishaw said. “In particular, such impacts are more evident in smaller communities.”