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cover of distressed urban tracts reportWilliam High and Todd Owen. The Center for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This report examines poverty, unemployment, and per capita income at the U.S. Census tract level in North Carolina, updating a 2005 report. This deeper dive into the state’s most distressed areas using tract-level data reveals pockets of extreme distress in the state’s urban areas. Despite the prosperity of their surrounding communities, these urban tracts are even more distressed than their counterparts in rural counties. February 2014. 23 pp. CURS Report No. 2014-01. PDF file of publication.