Children in extreme poverty (50 percent poverty) by race and ethnicity

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Definitions: The share of children under age 18 who live in families with incomes less than 50 percent of the federal poverty level by race and ethnicity.

The federal poverty definition consists of a series of thresholds based on family size and composition. In 2016, a 50% poverty threshold for a family of two adults and two children was $12,170. Poverty status is not determined for people in military barracks, institutional quarters, or for unrelated individuals under age 15 (such as foster children).

Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 American Community Survey.

The ACS sample is approximately 3 million households each year and in January 2006 began including group quarters. The ACS is designed to provide annually updated social, economic, and housing data for states and communities. (Such local-area data have traditionally been collected once every ten years in the long form of the decennial census.)

Footnotes: Updated January 2018.
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points. 
N.A. – Data not available. 
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at Children in extreme poverty (50 percent poverty) by race and ethnicity.