Information on Poverty and Income Statistics: A Summary of 2011 Current Population Survey Data. Child Poverty, 2000 to 2010

09/13/2011

Figure 2. Child Poverty, 2000 to 2010, shows the percentage of children in poverty from 2000 through 2010 as 16.2, 16.3, 16.7, 17.6, 17.8, 17.6, 17.4, 18.0, 19.0, 20.7, and 22.0

Figure 2. Child Poverty, 2000-2010. See text and Long Description for more information.

Child Poverty — All Children

  • For calendar year 2010 the percentage of children under 18 in poverty was 22.0 percent.
  • This rate represents a statistically significant increase from 20.7 percent in 2009 and is the highest rate since 1993.
  • The total number of children in poverty in 2010 was 16.4 million, up from 15.5 million in 2009.
  • Children living in female-headed families with no spouse present had a poverty rate just over four times that of children in married-couple families in 2010 (46.9 percent compared to 11.6 percent).
  • The child poverty rate in 2010 was 5.8 percentage points higher than in 2000.

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