Basic Facts About Low-Income Children: Children 12 through 17 Years, 2014.

Year Published
Author (Individual)
Jiang, Yang
Ekono, Mercedes.
Skinner, Curtis.
Author (Organization)
National Center for Children in Poverty.
Resource Type
Fact Sheet
Resource Format
Resource Language
This fact sheet on adolescents living in low-income families in the United States begins by explaining that there are more than 14 million adolescents (ages 12-17) in the United States in 2014, and 40% live in low-income families and 19% live in poor families. Statistics are provided that indicate the percentage of adolescents living in low-income families has been on the rise, increasing from 35% in 2008 to 40% in 2014, adolescents are nearly twice as likely as adults 65 years and older to live in poor families, adolescents are less likely to live in low-income and poor families than younger children, white children comprise the largest share of all low-income children while Hispanics make up the largest share of poor children, Black, American Indian, and Hispanic children are disproportionately low-income and poor, higher levels of parental education, employed parents, and married parents decrease the likelihood that a child will live in a low-income or poor family, the majority of adolescents in low-income families live in the South, and 11% of adolescents in low-income families and 10% living in poor families do not have health insurance. 12 figures and 11 references.

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