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Basic Facts about Low-income Children, Children 12 through 17 Years, 2012

Jiang, Yang; Ekono, Mercedes M.; Skinner, Curtis

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. Among our oldest children, adolescents age 12 through 17 years, 41 percent live in low-income families and 19 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 adolescents and their parents. It highlights the important factors that appear to distinguish low-income and poor children in this age group from their less disadvantaged counterparts.

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National Center for Children in Poverty
Publisher
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
Published Here
April 16, 2014
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