Poverty Disproportionately Affects Minority Children

The 2014 Kids Count Data Book released July 22 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation includes some worrisome facts about child poverty in our country. The official child poverty rate, which had dropped to 16 percent from 1990 to 2000, reached 22 percent by 2010 and remains roughly at that level. Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy development. The chart below from the report shows disparities in poverty rates among minority and non-Hispanic white children. .   

 

                         Race and Ethnic Gaps in Well-Being of Children

 

 

African American

Hispanic

American Indian

Non-Hispanic White

Children in poverty

40%

34%

37%

14%

Children whose parents lack secure employment

49%

38%

49%

24%

Children living in households with a housing cost  burden

51%

50%

35%

29%

Children living in high-poverty areas

30%

23%

28%

4%

Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2014). 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from http://www.aecf.org/resources/the-2014-kids-count-data-book/.

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