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Number of Children Living in Poverty Increasing


The number of children in the United States living in areas of concentrated poverty has increased to nearly 8 million, up by 1.6 million, 25%, since 2000, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation “2012 kids Count Data Snapshot” report. In CT there were 62,000 children living in areas of concentrated poverty from 2006-2012, up from 46,000 in 2000. This is a 35% increase from 2000, higher than the overall increase throughout the United States.

This report looked at the number of children living in areas of concentrated poverty throughout the United States based on data from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) in comparison to data from the 2000 Census. The report characterized areas of concentrated poverty as census tracts with poverty rates of 30% or more. The 2010 federal poverty threshold is $22,314 per year for a family of four.

Research has shown that all else equal, including family income; families that live in areas of concentrated poverty have a harder time meeting their children’s basic needs than families that live in areas of less poverty. Children that come from families with higher income but go to low-income schools are at a higher risk of dropping out and earn a lower income than their counter parts who attended higher-income schools.

While about two-thirds of children who live in concentrated poverty are located in large cities, there are a number of them located in rural areas and a few in the suburbs as well.  Additionally, almost all states experienced an increase in the percentage of children living in concentrated poverty with the exception of 8 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization that advocates for policy changes that will make life better for vulnerable families and children. 

The 2012 Kids Count Data Snapshot, is available here
The Kids Count Data Center is available here


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