More than 1 out of 5 U.S. children live in poverty

June 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Startling new statistics about child poverty were unveiled recently by an analysis by the non-profit Foundation for Child Development.

According to the report, 22% of children in the United States are living in poverty, five percent higher than the 17% percent that were living in poverty in 2006, pre-economic recession.

The Foundation measured the quality of a child’s life on 28 different factors, including rate of crime and drug use, rate of residents who have received diplomas, and rate of general physical and emotional well-being of citizens, to name a few.

The results? Well, the report states, “the worst is yet to come.”

Just a few of the projections:

  • This year, annual household income is slated to drop to $57, 760
  • Children living in “food-insecure households” is slated to jump to 17.7% of all U.S. children (being “food insecure” means not having consistent access to enough of the safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle).
  • 7.41 million children are expected to be living in “extreme poverty” (less than 50% of the poverty line) in 2010

Those are just a few statistics, but feel free to read the full report, which is interesting and expounds on the factors that influenced the Foundation’s projections.

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Entry filed under: Child Poverty, In the News.

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