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Basic Facts About Low-Income Children: Children Under 3 Years, 2014.

Publication Year: 
2016
Personal Author: 
Jiang, Yang
Ekono, Mercedes.
Skinner, Curtis.
Corporate Author: 
National Center for Children in Poverty.
Fact Sheet
Page Count: 
8

This 2014 fact sheet on children living in low-income families in the United States begins by explaining that there are more than 11 million infants and toddlers under the age of 3 in the United States, and 47% live in low-income families and 24% live in poor families. Statistics are provided that indicate the percentage of infants and toddlers living in low-income families has been on the rise, increasing from 44% in 2008 to 47% in 2014, children under age 3 are nearly three times as likely as adults 65 years and older to live in poor families, children under age 3 are more likely to live in low-income and poor families than older children, white children comprise the largest share of all low-income children while Hispanics make up the largest share of poor children, Black, American Indian, and Hispanic children are disproportionately low-income and poor, higher levels of parental education, employed parents, and married parents decrease the likelihood that a child will live in a low-income or poor family, the majority of infants and toddlers in low-income families live in the South, and 6% of infants and toddlers living in low-income families and poor families do not have health insurance. 12 figures and 11 references.

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