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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Q: Does the proportion of juveniles in poverty vary by race and ethnicity?
A: In 2018, non-Hispanic black and American Indian juveniles were more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islanders.
*Race groups are non-Hispanic. Hispanic persons can be of any race.

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  • In 2018, Hispanic juveniles were more than twice as likely to live in poverty as non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islanders.
  • More than one-third (37%) of the more than 11 million youth younger than 18 living in poverty in 2018 were Hispanic, while white, non-Hispanic youth accounted for 28% of all youth in poverty, and black, non-Hispanic youth accounted for 26%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01404.asp?qaDate=2018. Released on September 21, 2020.

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 adapted from the U.S. Census Bureau, Microdata Access, CPS Annual Social and Economic (March) Supplement 201903. Available from https://data.census.gov/mdat/#/. Accessed on September 10, 2020.


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