Poverty (State Level) is the percentage of children birth through 18 years of age living in families below the U.S. poverty threshold.
U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (March supplement), 2013 through 2017.
Three-Year Averages are shown. For example, 17.37% of children below 100% of poverty in 2016 is calculated from three-year average from CPS 2015 through 2017 (data reflect poverty status for 2014 - 2016). Number for 2013 are based on the 2014 CPS ASEC sample of 68,000 addresses, or 5/8 sample that answered to the traditional income questions but not the redesigned questions. Numbers for 2014 are not shown because the redesigned income questions were asked starting 2015 CPS ASEC. Therefore, the three-year average numbers to combine the 2012 traditional income questions are not advised. Number for 2015 is based on the redesigned income questions including the 3/8 sample that answered to the redesigned income questions in 2014 CPS ASEC (reflecting 2013 status), and the 2015 and 2016 ASEC redesigned questions. Two-year trend was reported because numbers since 2014 were based on redesigned income questions. Comparisons with 2013 and prior numbers are not advised. The percent of children in poverty decreased in the past few years but the three-year average method is slower in picking up the decreasing trend.