This report examines poverty rates throughout the United States based on race and family structure for children of all ages as well as by place and region for children under age 6.
Highest Rates Among Young Blacks and Children of Single Mothers in Rural America
How childhood poverty levels vary by race.
How childhood poverty levels vary by place and region.
How childhood poverty levels vary by number of parents living in the home.
What can be done to help give children the best chance of success.
Across all categories, black children have the highest poverty rates. Young black children are nearly three times as likely to live in poverty as young white children, and more than twice as likely as young Hispanic children.
Across the United States, 40% of single mothers and their children live in poverty, compared to 7.5% of married couples with children. In rural America, 49.4% of single mothers are poor, compared to 9.9% of married couples with children.
Regardless of race, young children living in rural areas are more likely to be poor than their peers in suburban and urban communities. Rural poverty affects one in two young black children, two in five young Hispanic children, and one in five white children.