Child Poverty Rate for African-American Children Remains Unchanged at 38%; Hispanics, Asians See Improvements


As the USA’s post-recession economy has improved, poverty rates for Hispanic, white and Asian children have improved, a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data finds. But for African-American children, little has changed.

Between 2010 and 2013, the poverty rate for African-American children held steady at about 38%, even as the overall percentage of USA children living in poverty dropped from 22% to 20%, lifting an estimated 1.6 million children out of poverty.

The findings, out Tuesday from the Pew Research Center, note that African-American children were almost four times as likely as white or Asian children to be living in poverty in 2013 — defined as living in a household with an annual income below $23,624 for a family of four.

The analysis found that the total number of impoverished white children may have actually dipped below that of their African-American peers for the first time since the Census Bureau began collecting this data in 1974: There were 4.1 million impoverished white children in 2013, compared with 4.2 million impoverished African-American children, despite the fact that white young people under 18 outnumbered African-American children by more than three to one.

In terms of sheer numbers, Pew found, more Hispanic children were living in poverty in 2013 than any other group: a total of 5.4 million. But the Hispanic population is larger and younger than any other. Its child poverty rate in 2013 was about 30%.

SOURCE: Greg Toppo

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