Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

September 24, 2019

Summary

This snapshot shares the latest data — for the nation and each state — on children growing up in high-poverty areas. It also singles out two important factors, geographic location and race and ethnicity, that shape a child’s risk of living in concentrated poverty. The document ends by outlining recommended moves that leaders can take to help families in these communities thrive. 

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Key Takeaway

Hometown disadvantage: 12% of kids nationwide are growing up in a high-poverty area

Living in areas of concentrated poverty — and missing out on safe and healthy opportunities to learn, play and grow — is a reality for more than 8.5 million kids in America today. Policy, business and philanthropic leaders must act now to boost housing options and spur economic growth for the families who call these communities home.

Key Findings and Stats on Kids Living in Concentrated Poverty

Children living in concentrated poverty

Race Matters

African-American and American Indian children are seven times more likely than white kids to live in high-poverty neighborhoods.

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