Data on Young Adults and Poverty is Encouraging for 2018

Posted October 14, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Updates youngadultsandpovertymap2018 2019

In 2018, 21% of 18- to 24-year-olds were liv­ing in pover­ty across the coun­try, accord­ing to the lat­est infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed by the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, which is avail­able in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center.

While this sta­tis­tic remained unchanged from 2017, it rep­re­sents progress since 2010 when the share of young adults liv­ing in pover­ty peaked at 26% and remained at that rate until 2013 when it start­ed to drop.

The per­cent­age of youth and young adults liv­ing in pover­ty dropped below pre-reces­sion lev­els but is still high­er than the 20% of 18- to 24-year-olds fit this sta­tis­tic in 2002.

Despite the encour­ag­ing move­ment nation­al­ly, 14 states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia saw their pover­ty rate for youth and young adults rise from 2017 to 2018 and more than half of all U.S. states, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia and Puer­to Rico report­ed rates in excess of the nation­al aver­age (21%). Youth and young adults from West Vir­ginia were most like­ly to live in pover­ty (31% did in 2018), but rates climbed even high­er for 18- to 24-year-olds in the Dis­trict of Colum­bia (34%) and Puer­to Rico (47%).

By com­par­i­son, youth and young adults in Hawaii and New Jer­sey were the least like­ly to live in pover­ty — just 12% did in 2018.

Per­sons ages 18 to 24 liv­ing in pover­ty by state >

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