Children under age 5 in poverty

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Children under age 5 in poverty

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Definitions: The estimated number of children under age 5 who are living in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold. The threshold, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, is updated annually and adjusted for family size.  In 2015, the poverty threshold for a family of two children and two adults was $24,036 and the threshold for a single parent with one child was $16,337.  You can view poverty thresholds for other household compositions and other years here.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, derived from American Fact Finder, Table B17001, 5-year estimates.  For more information, visit the American Community Survey homepage.

Footnotes: Estimates are derived from survey data collected over five years.  For example, the 2014 estimate includes data from 2010-2014.  Estimates are best used to describe the five year time period rather than the single year of the data release.  The Census Bureau recommends using non-overlapping periods for trend analysis. 

Margin of error estimates are included in American FactFinder table B17001.