Children in poverty

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Indicator Context

Poverty plays a key role in children's well-being and is related to every KIDS COUNT indicator. Children who live in poverty, especially those who live in poverty for long periods of time, are at an increased risk for poor health, cognitive, social, and educational outcomes. They are more likely to have physical, behavioral, and emotional health problems; to have difficulty in school; to become teen parents; and as adults, earn less. 


Data Provided By Maine Children's Alliance

Definitions: The estimated number and percent of children ages 0-17 living in poverty. Beginning in 2005, these estimates are modeled from combined census estimates, American Community Surveys, and other administrative and and economic data.

Data Source: All estimates are from the U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program.