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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Poverty
Q: How has the proportion of youth living in poverty changed since the 1970's?
A: In 2021, 15.3% of children (ages 0-17) were living below the poverty level, down from 16.1% in 2020.

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  • In 2021, 11.6% of all persons lived at or below the poverty threshold. This proportion was greater for persons under age 18 (15.3%) than for those ages 18-64 (10.5%) and those above age 64 (10.3%).
  • Between 2012 and 2021, the child poverty rate declined 6.5 percentage points, the rate for persons ages 18 to 64 fell 3.2 percentage points, while the rate for person ages 65 and older increased 1.2 percentage points.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01401.asp?qaDate=2021. Released on January 10, 2023.

Data Source: Data through 2018 adapted from 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 2018." Web-based data files available at: [http://www.census.gov/topics/income-poverty/poverty/data/tables.html].
Data for 2019-2021 adapted from the U.S. Census Bureau, Microdata Access, CPS Annual Social and Economic (March) Supplement 202003/202103. Available from https://data.census.gov/mdat/#/. Accessed on December 2022.

 

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