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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Q: How has the proportion of juveniles living in poverty changed since the 1970's?
A: In 2014, the proportion of juveniles living below the poverty level (21.1%) was at its lowest level since 2009.
Percent in poverty by age, 1975-2014

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  • In 2014, 15% of all persons lived at or below their poverty thresholds. This proportion was far greater for persons under age 18 (21.1%) than for those ages 18-64 (13.5%) and those above age 64 (10.0%).
  • Between 2006 and 2014, the juvenile poverty rate increased 3.7 percentage points while the rate for persons ages 18 to 64 increased 2.7 percentage points. In the last year, the juvenile poverty rate fell about 2%, while the rate for persons ages 18 to 64 basically remained unchanged.
  • By 2014, the juvenile poverty rate reached its lowest point since 2009, the rate for persons ages 18 to 64 remained at a relatively high level, and the rate for senior citizens (those ages 65 and over) remained at 10%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01401.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on December 13, 2015.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census. Current Population Survey - Historical Poverty Tables. Table 3: "Poverty Status of People, by Age, Race, and Hispanic Origin: 1959 to 2014." Web-based data files available at: [http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/historical/people.html].


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