Report: Basic Facts about Low-Income Children


FAMILIES, family leadership, family partnership, STUDENTS, children in foster care, culturally and linguistically diverse, homeless, belonging


Jiang, Yang; Ekono, Mercedes; Skinner, Curtis


February 2014


National Center for Children in Poverty


Children under 18 years represent 23 percent of the population, but they comprise 34 percent of all people in poverty. Among all children, 45 percent live in low-income families and approximately one in every five (22 percent) live in poor families. Being a child in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance. Parental education and employment, race/ethnicity, and other factors are associated with children’s experience of economic insecurity. This fact sheet describes the demographic, socio-economic, and geographic characteristics of children and their parents. It highlights the important factors that appear to distinguish low-income and poor children from their less disadvantaged counterparts.


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