The serious problem of urban poverty in China has been received wide concern both in the academia and the government in recent years. This paper provides a review on the studies of poverty measurement, numbers of the urban poor, the characteristics of the poverty community, as well as the attributes of urban poverty. The authors point out that anti-poverty mechanism in urban area has been formed and plays a vital role in lessening and eliminating the urban poverty. However, there are still some problems due to the limited understanding of poverty and institutional imperfection of dealing with it.
Chinese Journal of Population Science