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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Poverty
Q: Does the proportion of juveniles living in poverty vary by State?
A: In 2020, the proportion of children living in poverty ranged from a low of 7.1% in Vermont to a high of 22.2% in the District of Columbia.

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  • According to 2020 estimates, the proportion of children ages 0 to 17 in poverty (16.1%) was greater than the proportion of all persons in poverty (11.4%). And a greater of proportion of children lived in poverty than persons ages 18 to 64 (10.4%) and persons over age 64 (9.0%).
  • Nationally, 16.1% - more than 11.6 million - of youth under age 18 were living in poverty in 2020; the proportion of children living in poverty exceeded the national average in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01403.asp?qaDate=2020. Released on October 13, 2021.

Adapted from the U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2021 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). Available from https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/income-poverty/cps-pov/pov-46.2020.html. Accessed on November 2021.

 

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