Definitions: Children under age 18 who live in low-income households where no adult worked (full- or part-time) in the 12 months prior to the survey.
Low-income households are those whose income is less than 200 percent of
the U.S. poverty line as determined by the U.S. Office of Management
and Budget. The Federal poverty definition consists of a series of
thresholds based on family size and composition. In calendar year 2004, a
family of two adults and two children were considered low-income if
their annual income fell below $38,314. Children who live in group
quarters (for example, institutions, dormitories, or group homes) are
not included in the percentage calculation. The data are based on income received in the 12 months prior to the survey.
Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Supplementary Survey, 2001 Supplementary Survey, 2002 through 2007 American Community Survey.
The data for this measure come from the 2000 and 2001 Supplementary
Survey and the 2002 through 2007 American Community Survey (ACS). The
2000 through 2004 ACS surveyed approximately 700,000 households monthly
during each calendar year. In general but particularly for these years,
use caution when interpreting estimates for less populous states or
indicators representing small sub-populations, where the sample size is
relatively small. Beginning in January 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau
expanded the ACS sample to 3 million households (full implementation),
and in January 2006 the ACS included group quarters. The ACS, fully
implemented, is designed to provide annually updated social, economic,
and housing data for states and communities. (Such local-area data have
traditionally been collected once every ten years in the long form of
the decennial census.)
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the
percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points. N.A. – Data
Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most
recent Census counts. Cities for which data is collected may change
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at
Children living in low-income households where no adults work.
Note: The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are
not included in maps and rankings because they are not states and therefore comparisons on many
indicators of child well being are not meaningful.