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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Poverty
Q: Does the proportion of juveniles living in poverty vary by State?
A: In 2010, the proportion of juveniles in poverty ranged from a low of 6% in New Hampshire to a high of 35% in the Mississippi.

Proportion of persons living in poverty by State, 2010

State All ages Ages 0-17 Ages 18-64 Over 64
United States
15.1%
22.0%
13.7%
9.0%
Alabama
17.3
24.8
15.9
10.3
Alaska
12.4
16.2
11.1
(B)
Arizona
18.6
27.9
16.9
6.2
Arkansas
15.5
22.3
13.4
12.4
California
16.4
23.4
15.0
7.9
Colorado
12.2
18.9
10.4
7.6
Connecticut
8.4
11.7
7.8
5.1
Delaware
12.0
18.3
10.8
8.0
District of Columbia
19.9
33.3
16.8
16.9
Florida
16.0
22.7
15.4
9.6
Georgia
18.7
25.0
17.0
12.9
Hawaii
12.1
19.9
10.1
8.3
Idaho
14.0
19.0
13.2
6.9
Illinois
14.1
21.1
12.6
8.1
Indiana
16.3
26.3
13.3
11.6
Iowa
10.3
13.6
10.1
5.3
Kansas
14.3
23.6
12.1
6.7
Kentucky
17.7
25.1
16.9
8.4
Louisiana
21.6
30.4
18.1
20.2
Maine
12.6
18.5
11.6
8.5
Maryland
10.8
14.0
10.3
7.7
Massachusetts
10.6
14.1
10.6
5.7
Michigan
15.5
21.0
15.1
7.9
Minnesota
10.5
14.6
9.3
8.8
Mississippi
22.7
34.6
20.1
11.7
Missouri
14.8
20.7
14.6
5.9
Montana
14.0
20.7
12.5
10.2
Nebraska
10.2
13.8
9.2
7.8
Nevada
16.4
23.5
14.8
9.5
New Hampshire
6.5
6.2
6.4
7.6
New Jersey
10.7
14.1
9.7
9.6
New Mexico
18.7
27.7
16.8
9.7
New York
16.0
24.6
14.0
11.1
North Carolina
17.4
28.2
14.7
9.7
North Dakota
12.2
15.8
10.9
11.9
Ohio
15.3
23.9
13.7
7.8
Oklahoma
16.3
25.1
14.1
9.3
Oregon
14.2
21.5
13.5
6.0
Pennsylvania
12.2
17.3
11.4
8.3
Rhode Island
13.6
20.9
12.2
9.3
South Carolina
17.0
25.6
15.3
10.0
South Dakota
13.2
16.4
13.0
8.2
Tennessee
16.7
23.7
15.0
11.9
Texas
18.4
27.0
15.9
10
Utah
10.0
13.8
8.7
6.8
Vermont
10.8
14.3
10.4
7.4
Virginia
10.7
12.8
10.0
10.4
Washington
11.5
16.8
10.6
6.4
West Virginia
16.9
21.1
17.0
9.8
Wisconsin
9.9
13.4
9.5
6.1
Wyoming
9.5
13.0
8.5
(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 2010 estimates, the proportion of juveniles (ages 0 to 17) in poverty (22.0%) was greater than the proportion of all persons in poverty (15.1%).
  • In 2010, 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=2010. Released on December 17, 2012.

Adapted from the U.S. Bureau of the Census'. Current Population Survey (CPS) Table Creator. Retrieved on September 13, 2012 from: [http://www.census.gov/cps/data/cpstablecreator.html].

 

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