Annie E. Casey Foundation
KIDS COUNT News
February 2012
 
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KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot
The Annie E. Casey Foundation believes that children need strong families and supportive communities to realize their full potential. Nearly 8 million children under age 18 live in areas of concentrated poverty—communities where at least 30 percent of residents have incomes below the federal poverty level. For these kids, critical resources—such as high-performing schools, quality medical care, and safe outdoor spaces—often are out of reach. Over the last decade, the chance that a child will live in a high-poverty area has grown significantly. In fact, the latest data available show 1.6 million more children are living in these communities, a 25 percent increase from 2000. To learn more about children in high-poverty areas at the national, state, and city level, read Children Living in America's High-Poverty Communities: A KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot.
Concentrated Poverty Data Now Available
New data from the American Community Survey (ACS) are now available in the KIDS COUNT Data Center. Data are available for 1990, 2000, and 2006-2010 for the nation and states. Highlights below:
Children Living in Areas of Concentrated Poverty Differ by Geography
Data from the most recent 2006-2010 ACS estimates show that about 8 million children under age 18 live in areas of concentrated poverty. Although these pockets appear across the country, children in the south and southwest are more likely to live in these disadvantaged areas. State rates range from a high of 23 percent of children in Mississippi to a low of 1 percent in Wyoming and Vermont. An analysis of the 50 largest cities in the United States shows that the rates of children living in areas of concentrated poverty range from a high of 67 percent in Detroit to a low of 1 percent in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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See the Community Environment section in Data Across States to access data.

New data for the nation, states, and 50 largest cities:
Children in Areas of Concentrated Poverty: Outcomes Differ by Race
Not all children are equally likely to live in areas of concentrated poverty. African-American (27 percent), American Indian (24 percent), and Latino (19 percent) children are six to nine times more likely to live in high-poverty communities than their white (3 percent) counterparts. Economically disadvantaged African-American, American Indian, and Latino children are significantly more likely than white children to have the adverse consequences of living in a high-poverty neighborhood compound the negative effects of household poverty.
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See the Community Environment section in Data Across States to access data.

Note: Data broken out by race/ethnicity are only available at the national level.
Check out Related Resources and Reports
Learn more about the latest research and policy developments related to families living in high-poverty communities through The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Knowledge Center. For additional resources, access the Data Snapshot on Children Living in High Poverty Communities.
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KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children and families in the United States. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks for child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.


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