Both Columbia Park and Minneapolis had increased percentages of people living in poverty between 1979 and 1999, but the neighborhood's percentage remained lower than the city's. While Columbia Park's level dropped to a 5-percent low in 1989, Minneapolis' level peaked at 19 percent. The percentage of people 65 years and older in poverty dropped in Columbia Park as it did citywide, and it remained lower in the neighborhood than in the city during this period.
The percentage of families living in poverty rose from 1979 to 1999 in Columbia Park, as it did in Minneapolis. The neighborhood's percentage of families with children below the poverty level in 1979 was 8 percent, compared to 16 percent for the city. In 1999, however, the Columbia Park percentage dramatically rose to 19 percent, equaling Minneapolis'.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011