Children in poverty by gender, state-level

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Definitions: The number and share of children who live in families with income below the poverty threshold (100% Federal Poverty Guideline) as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. These figures are divided into two age groups: under 5 years and total under 18 years.

Data Source: The U.S. Census Bureau's American Fact Finder, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates. Data were retrieved on June 22, 2016 from: http://factfinder2.census.gov (Table B17001).

*Please use these estimates with caution. The total confidence interval (upper bound minus lower bound) of the percent estimate, is 10 percentage points or greater, which indicates that this estimate has a large margin of error. This generally occurs when estimate relies on small number of cases. To obtain total confidence interval values around the estimates for this indicator please contact Washington KIDS COUNT.

Footnotes: Data last updated in June 2017 by Washington KIDS COUNT. 

The ACS 2015 data were collected during calendar year of 2015. 

The 1-year ACS estimates represent the average characteristics over the 12 month period of time, and therefore more current than the 3-year and 5-year ACS estimates. However, these estimates are not as reliable as the 3-year and 5-year ACS estimates because they are based on a smaller sample size. The 1-year estimates are only published for populations of 65,000 or greater, whereas the 3-year  estimates are published for populations of 20,000 or greater, and 5-year estimates are available for all geographic areas because of their sample size. More information about 1-year versus 3-year versus 5-year ACS surveys and estimates are available online at http://www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_for_data_users/estimates/

The federal poverty definition consists of a series of thresholds based on family size and composition. In 2015, the poverty threshold for a family of two adults and two children was $24,250.