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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