Child Poverty Remains Steady in 2012 After Four-Year Rise

Posted September 2, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

For the first time since the start of the Great Recession, the U.S. child poverty rate did not increase, holding steady at 23% (16.4 million children), according to the 2012 American Community Survey. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia saw their child poverty rate stay the same or decrease between 2011 and 2012 — a positive trend, although most states' rates are still considerably above pre-recession levels. At 40%, African-American children are three times as likely to live in households with incomes below the poverty line as their white counterparts, of whom 14% live in poverty. American Indian (37%) and Latino (34%) children are twice as likely as white children to live in poverty.

Children Living in Poverty (2012)

See the Economic Well-Being section of the KIDS COUNT Data Center for national, state and city data.

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