Change in Child Poverty by Select Demographic Characteristics: 2007-2012. Change in Child Poverty by Family Type

10/23/2013

  • Children in single-parent families experienced a greater increase in poverty than their peers in married couple families since the start of the Great Recession.
  • Between 2007 and 2012, poverty increased by 4.1 and 4.6 percentage points, respectively, for children in male-headed families and female-headed families.
  • Since 2007 the number of poor children in female-headed families increased by 1.3 million and totaled 9.4 million poor children in 2012.
  • Since 2007 the number of poor children in married families increased by 1.1 million for a total of 5.4 million in 2012.

 

Figure 3a. Child Poverty by Family Type, 2007 and 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
 

Married Family

Male-headed family

Female-headed family

     

2007

8.5

22.3

41.8

     

2008

9.8

22.8

42.2

     

2009

11.0

28.7

43.6

     

2010

11.6

28.4

45.8

     

2011

11.0

25.4

46.4

     

2012

11.1

26.4

46.4

     
             

 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

 

Figure 3b. Child Poverty by Family Type, 2007 and 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Married family

Male-headed family

Female-headed family

       

2007

8.5

22.3

41.8

       

2012

11.1

26.4

46.4

       
               

 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

 

Figure 3c. Number of Poor Children by Family Type, 2007 and 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Married family

Male-headed family

Female-headed family

       

2007

4.3

0.9

8.1

       

2012

5.4

1.3

9.4

       

 

 

 

 

 

     

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

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