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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Poverty
Q: Does the proportion of juveniles living in poverty vary by State?
A: In 2014, the proportion of juveniles in poverty ranged from a low of 10.9% in Wyoming to a high of 33.6% in Louisiana.

Proportion of persons living in poverty by State, 2014

State All ages Ages 0-17 Ages 18-64 Over 64

United States 14.8% 21.1% 13.5% 10.0%
 
Alabama 17.8% 25.1% 16.0% 13.7%
Alaska 11.8% 15.7% 10.6% (B)
Arizona 21.2% 28.5% 19.6% 15.6%
Arkansas 18.4% 29.7% 16.0% 10.4%
California 15.8% 22.9% 14.1% 11.2%

Colorado 12.3% 17.2% 11.7% 6.6%
Connecticut 8.6% 12.4% 7.6% 7.5%
Delaware 11.1% 16.6% 10.4% 6.5%
District of Columbia 19.0% 28.6% 16.5% 19.7%
Florida 16.7% 24.2% 15.7% 11.2%

Georgia 16.8% 25.6% 14.7% 10.4%
Hawaii 10.8% 17.0% 9.6% 6.3%
Idaho 12.4% 14.5% 12.6% 7.1%
Illinois 13.7% 20.5% 12.1% 10.0%
Indiana 14.7% 23.3% 12.7% 8.2%

Iowa 10.3% 14.3% 9.4% 7.6%
Kansas 12.1% 16.6% 11.7% 5.6%
Kentucky 20.0% 30.2% 17.7% 14.7%
Louisiana 23.1% 33.6% 20.4% 15.8%
Maine 14.6% 20.9% 14.3% 8.7%

Maryland 9.8% 13.4% 8.8% 8.8%
Massachusetts 13.6% 17.5% 13.1% 10.0%
Michigan 14.8% 20.8% 14.5% 7.5%
Minnesota 8.3% 12.0% 7.7% 4.6%
Mississippi 22.1% 29.3% 20.5% 16.1%

Missouri 10.4% 14.2% 9.8% 7.0%
Montana 12.0% 16.8% 11.9% 5.7%
Nebraska 11.8% 18.3% 10.3% 6.5%
Nevada 17.0% 23.8% 15.5% 12.2%
New Hampshire 7.2% 11.0% 6.7% 4.4%

New Jersey 11.3% 16.1% 10.8% 6.2%
New Mexico 20.0% 25.8% 18.7% 16.0%
New York 14.0% 19.1% 12.8% 12.0%
North Carolina 17.1% 24.4% 16.0% 9.9%
North Dakota 9.7% 11.8% 8.0% 14.7%

Ohio 15.6% 22.1% 14.6% 10.1%
Oklahoma 17.4% 25.0% 16.1% 8.5%
Oregon 14.4% 18.8% 15.2% 6.6%
Pennsylvania 12.5% 19.4% 11.4% 8.0%
Rhode Island 11.4% 17.6% 10.0% 9.2%

South Carolina 16.5% 22.5% 15.8% 10.9%
South Dakota 12.9% 18.0% 12.1% 8.2%
Tennessee 17.3% 26.2% 15.9% 9.9%
Texas 16.4% 23.9% 14.1% 11.3%
Utah 10.2% 12.0% 9.9% 6.6%

Vermont 9.3% 11.9% 9.6% 5.9%
Virginia 10.2% 11.3% 10.0% 9.1%
Washington 12.0% 16.8% 10.9% 9.1%
West Virginia 20.6% 25.7% 20.1% 16.8%
Wisconsin 10.9% 16.1% 10.4% 5.2%
Wyoming 9.6% 10.9% 9.7% (B)

(B): The percentage has been suppressed because it is statistically unreliable. Percentages are not shown when the denominator is less than 75 thousand.

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  • According to 2014 estimates, the proportion of juveniles (ages 0 to 17) in poverty (21.1%) was greater than the proportion of all persons in poverty (14.8%). And a greater of proportion of juveniles lived in poverty than persons ages 18 to 64 (13.5%) and persons over age 64 (10%).
  • In 2014, the proportion of juveniles living in poverty exceeded the national average in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01403.asp?qaDate=2014. Released on December 13, 2015.

Adapted from the U.S. Bureau of the Census'. Current Population Survey (CPS) Table Creator. Retrieved on December 1, 2015 from: [http://www.census.gov/cps/data/cpstablecreator.html].

 

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