Basic Facts about Low-Income Children

Posted by Columbia University on March 21, 2016

Nearly Half of American Children Near Poverty

The number of poor children in the United States grew by 18 percent from 2008 to 2014, meaning that nearly half of American children now live in low-income households, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty. Basic Facts about Low-Income Children, the center’s annual report on the subject, finds that American children are more likely to live in poverty than adults, and that kids age five or younger are most likely to live in low-income households. The researchers also note significant racial disparities in child poverty, with more than 60 percent of black, Hispanic, and Native American kids living in low-income families compared to 30 percent of Asian and white children.

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