Basic Facts About Low-Income Children: Children under 6 Years, 2014.

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Year Published
2016
Author (Individual)
Jiang, Yang
Ekono, Mercedes.
Skinner, Curtis.
Author (Organization)
National Center for Children in Poverty.
Resource Type
Fact Sheet
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
This 2014 fact sheet on children living in low-income families in the United States begins by explaining that there are more than 23 million children under the age of 6 in the United States, and 47% live in low-income families and 24% live in poor families. Statistics are provided that indicate the percentage of young children living in low-income families has been on the rise, increasing from 43% in 2008 to 47% in 2014, young children under the age of 6 are nearly three times as likely as adults 65 years and older to live in poor families, young children under the age of 6 are more likely to live in low-income and poor families than other 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 children under the age of 6 in low-income families live in the South, and 6% of young children in low-income families and 6% living in poor families do not have health insurance. 12 figures and 11 references.

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