This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) and shows how government programs affect state poverty rates. Recommendations on targeting families in need give policymakers input on implementing efficient and cost-effective public programs. 

February 25, 2015

KIDS COUNT Data Snapshots

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The difference between the original poverty measurement formula and the new Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) calculations.

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    Why the SPM is important to policymakers.

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    Who benefits when the correct poverty data are used.

  4. 4

    Recommendations to policymakers showing opportunities for family economic success.

Key Takeaway

Child poverty rates by state vary dramatically using the Supplemental Poverty Measure

Regional patterns in child poverty differ from the traditional poverty measure. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations