Author(s): The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Published: Sept. 24, 2019
“This snapshot shares the latest data — for the nation and each state — on children growing up in high-poverty areas. It also singles out two important factors, geographic location and race and ethnicity, that shape a child’s risk of living in concentrated poverty. The document ends by outlining recommended moves that leaders can take to help families in these communities thrive.
Hometown Disadvantage: 12% of kids nationwide are growing up in a high-poverty area. Living in areas of concentrated poverty — and missing out on safe and healthy opportunities to learn, play and grow — is a reality for more than 8.5 million kids in America today. Policy, business and philanthropic leaders must act now to boost housing options and spur economic growth for the families who call these communities home.
A Regional Risk: At least 10% of kids are growing up in concentrated poverty in 25 states across the nation; 17 of these states are in the South and West.
Race Matters: African-American and American Indian children are seven times more likely than white kids to live in high-poverty neighborhoods.
American Indian Kids in Focus: At least half of American Indian kids in Arizona (61%), New Mexico (50%), North Dakota (51%) and South Dakota (58%) live in concentrated poverty.”