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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Poverty
Q: Does the proportion of juveniles in poverty vary by race and ethnicity?
A: In 2011, non-Hispanic black juveniles were three times as likely to live in poverty as non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islanders.
Percent under age 18 in poverty, by race/ethnicity*, 2002-2011

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  • In 2011, Hispanic juveniles were more than twice as likely to live in poverty as non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islanders.
  • For most race/ethnicity groups, the proportion of juveniles living in poverty was higher in 2011 than in 2002. The poverty rate for multi-racial juveniles increased more than 8 percentage-points between 2002 and 2011, the black rate increased more than 6 percentage-points, and the Hispanic rate increased more than 5 percentage-points.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01404.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on December 17, 2012.

Data Source: 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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