Study: Number of Kids Living in Poverty Rises

February 24, 2012

The number of children living in high-poverty areas jumped 25 percent from 2000 to 2010, an alarming finding, according to a new study by the nonprofit group, the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

In 2010, nearly 8 million children lived in high-poverty areas, which is considered areas in which 30 percent or more of the households earn an annual income of less than $22,314 for a family of four. The study found that three-quarters of the children are living in poverty-stricken areas despite having at least one parent working too. 

"The recession has really set back much of the progress that was made in the 1990s when poverty went down," says Robert Sampson, head of the Social Sciences Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

According to the study, the states with the highest rates of children living in poverty-stricken areas are: 

  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • Louisiana
  • Texas 
  • Arizona

Meanwhile, the cities with the highest rates of children living in poverty are: Detroit, Cleveland, Miami, Milwaukee, Fresno, Calif., and Atlanta.

Source: “More U.S. Kids Living in High-Poverty Areas,” Reuters News (Feb. 23, 2012)