Basic Facts About Low-Income Children: Children under 18 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 2014 fact sheet on children living in low-income families in the United States begins by explaining that there are more than 72 million children under age 18 in the United States, and 44% live in low-income families and 21% live in poor families. Statistics are provided that indicate the percentage of children living in low-income families has been on the rise, increasing from 39% in 2008 to 44% in 2014, children are nearly twice as likely as adults 65 years and older to live in poor families, young children under age 6 years are the most likely to live in low-income families, followed by children age 6 through 11 years, and children age 12 through 17 years, 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 children in low-income families live in the South, and 8% of children in low-income families and 7% living in poor families do not have health insurance. 12 figures and 11 references.

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