This report spotlights the fact that one-fifth of all poor children hail from rural areas. It makes a clear case for why policymakers should to look beyond the urban landscape to the American countryside when creating services and programs aimed at helping rural children in need. 

March 1, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    A comparison of poverty in rural vs. urban areas.

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    About working poor families in rural America.

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    How isolation complicates antipoverty work in these areas.

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    How poor rural families use public assistance programs.

Key Takeaway

The one-size-fits-all approach to ending child poverty is flawed — and here’s why

In the national narrative, child poverty is an exclusively urban issue. In reality, rural America has experienced higher child poverty rates for decades. This disconnect means that policymakers are overlooking the unique challenges that rural families face when designing and implementing critical welfare reforms. Those challenges include absent transportation, low wages and fewer job opportunities. 

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