Child poverty rates by county in Illinois

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Definitions: The number and percent of children under age 18 (0-17) who are living in families with incomes below 100% of the federal poverty threshold.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, SAIPE State and County Estimates, available here.

Footnotes: The federal poverty thresholds are updated each year by the U.S. Census Bureau and were established in 1964 using guidelines set by the Social Security Administration. Current poverty thresholds can be found here.

UPDATED - March 2022

SAIPE uses statistical models to create estimates. The models relate state and county estimates of income and poverty from the American Community Survey (ACS) to other indicators of income and poverty, including federal income tax returns, SNAP benefits data, the most recent decennial census, intercensal population estimates, Supplemental Security Income data, and economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. These estimates are then combined with direct estimates from the ACS sample to provide figures which are more precise than either data set alone, thus providing consistent and reliable single-year estimates. These model-based single-year estimates are more reflective of current conditions than multi-year survey estimates.