The Impact of Rising Poverty on the Nation's Young Families and Their Children, 2000-2010

Sum, A. M.
Year Published: 2011
Children's Defense Fund
Children's Defense Fund

In September 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released its findings on annual incomes, earnings, and poverty status for 2010. These data showed that the number of people living in poverty rose for the third straight year in a row, reaching a record high of 46.2 million persons in 2010. The increases in poverty were most severe among the nation's youngest families, especially those with one or more children in the home. Between 2007 and 2010, the overall poverty rate for U.S. families rose from 9.8 percent to 11.7 percent. Among families headed by a person 30-64 years old with no children present, the poverty rate rose by only 1.3 percentage points to 6.7 percent. Among all young families headed by a person under 30 years of age, the poverty rate rose by a considerably higher 6 percentage points, and among those with one or more children in the home it rose by nearly 8 percentage points to 37.3 percent in 2010.

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