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Brooklyn’s income and spending by the numbers

Brooklyn’s 2.5 million residents are spending more now, but getting less for their money. Transportation costs are high, weekly wages are low, and nearly 1 million people are on some form of government assistance compared to about 592,000 people in 2000. Even seemingly bright spots, like a steady rise in personal income from 2000 to 2008, need to be celebrated with a caveat — as of last year, personal income stopped increasing.

Pocket Change

Yolanne Almanzar, Joseph Deaux, Alex Eriksen, Mariya Karimjee, Michael Keller, Joi-Marie McKenzie, Joe Proudman, Abigail Ronck and Lillian Rizzo contributed to this report.

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