Children in poverty

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Definitions: The percent of children in poverty is the percentage of children under the age of 18 who live in families with incomes below the U.S. poverty threshold.


The U.S. poverty threshold for a family of four, 2 adults and 2 children, was $15,455, $15,911, $16,276, $16,530, $16,895, $17,463, $17,960, $18,224, $18,660, $19,803, $19,806, $20,444, $21,027, $21,834, $21,756, $22,113, $22,811, $23,283, $23,624 and $24,008 for 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, respectively.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program.

Footnotes: Updated April 2017.