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Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2009: Children Aged 6 through 11

Chau, Michelle M.; Thampi, Kalyani; Wight, Vanessa

Children represent 25 percent of the population. Yet, they comprise 36 percent of all people in poverty. Among children, 42 percent live in low-income families and 21 percent live in poor families. Among children ages 6 through 11 in middle childhood, 42 percent live in low-income families and 20 percent live in poor families. Winding up in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance. There are significant factors related to children's experiences with economic insecurity, such as race/ethnicity and parents' education and employment. This fact sheet describes the demographic, socioeconomic, and employment characteristics of children in middle childhood and their parents — highlighting 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
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National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
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July 15, 2011
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