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 2016, the poverty threshold for a
family of two children and two adults was $24,339 and the threshold for a
single parent with one child was $16,543. You can view poverty thresholds
for other household compositions and other years here.
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, derived from American Fact Finder, Table B17001, 5-year estimates.
Estimates are derived from survey data collected over five years. For
example, the 2016 estimate includes data from 2012-2016. 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
Margin of error estimates are included in American FactFinder table B17001.