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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Q: Does the proportion of youth in poverty vary by race and ethnicity?
A: In 2021, Black and American Indian youth were three times more likely to live in poverty than white youth.
*Race groups are non-Hispanic. Hispanic persons can be of any race.

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  • In 2021, Hispanic youth under age 18 were more than twice as likely to live in poverty as white and Asian/Pacific Islander youth.
  • More than one-third (37%) of the more than 11.1 million youth younger than 18 living in poverty in 2021 were Hispanic, while white youth accounted for 28% of all youth in poverty, and Black youth accounted for 25%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01404.asp?qaDate=2021. Released on January 10, 2023.

Data Source: Data for 2002 through 2017 adapted from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Current Population Survey (CPS) Table Creator. Retrieved November 2018 from: [http://www.census.gov/cps/data/cpstablecreator.html].

Data for 2018 a though 2020 adapted from the U.S. Census Bureau, Microdata Access, CPS Annual Social and Economic (March) Supplement 201903/202003.202103. Available from https://data.census.gov/mdat/#/. Accessed December 2022.


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