Children living in households that were food insecure at some point during the year in the United States

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Definitions: Children under age 18 living in households, where in the previous 12 months, there was an uncertainty of having, or an inability to acquire, enough food for all household members because of insufficient money or other resources.

Because of the large sampling errors associated with state-level data, the Census Bureau recommends using multi-year averages to examine state-level trends from the Current Population Survey. Therefore, each year represents a three-year average of data. For example, 2002 represents results from the 2001, 2002 and 2003 Current Population Survey, Food Security Supplements.

For more information on the definition of Food Security/Insecurity see:

Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Food Security Supplement.

Footnotes: Updated September 2018.
N.A. – Data not available.