Saint-Michel is a neighborhood in the Montreal borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension. Its boundaries corresponds to the former city of Ville Saint Michel, which was annexed to Montreal in 1968. It is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Montreal and in the province of Québec. Italians, Haitians, Arabs, Asians, Hispanics as well as people of French Canadian decent (Québecois) represent the major ethnic groups of this inner city area. Saint-Michel is a largely working-poor area of Montreal, home to 55,000, of whom only 19 per cent receive welfare. The typical Saint-Michel adult earns $18,414 a year, compared to the city average of $28,258. About 30 per cent have less than a grade nine education, twice the city average. Poverty is particularly dire around Boulevard Industriel between Saint-Michel and Pie IX. The 1990s saw Saint-Michel's reputation tarnished by its severe street gang problems and the negative coverage and propaganda surrounding this delicate situation. In consequence, Saint-Michel has been long viewed as one of Montreal's most dangerous inner city neighbourhoods. Although these problems persist to this day, the phenomenon seems better controlled and has to an extent been relocalized in adjacent neighbourhoods. It is the largest concentration of Haitian immigrants in Montreal and is birthplace of many street gangs including the Crack Down Posse and 67's.
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