Young Children in Poverty by State

Twenty-two percent of all young children, birth to 8, in the U.S. are poor. Poverty rates for young children range from a low of 11 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 34 percent in Mississippi according to analysis of 3-year American Community Survey data.  States with high poverty rates for young children include Alabama (28 percent), Arkansas (29 percent), District of Columbia (29 percent), Kentucky (28 percent), Louisiana (29 percent), New Mexico (30 percent), and South Carolina (28 percent). For more on child poverty in the U.S., visit the CLASP DataFinder or read New Child Poverty Data by Race and Ethnicity.

State Percent of Children 8 and under Living in Poverty   State Percent of Children 8 and under Living in Poverty
Alabama 28%   Montana 24%
Alaska 15%   Nebraska 18%
Arizona 25%   Nevada 21%
Arkansas 29%   New Hampshire 11%
California 21%   New Jersey 14%
Colorado 18%   New Mexico 30%
Connecticut 14%   New York 22%
Delaware 19%   North Carolina 25%
District of Columbia 29%   North Dakota 18%
Florida 24%   Ohio 25%
Georgia 25%   Oklahoma 27%
Hawaii 13%   Oregon 22%
Idaho 20%   Pennsylvania 20%
Illinois 21%   Rhode Island 18%
Indiana 23%   South Carolina 28%
Iowa 18%   South Dakota 23%
Kansas 19%   Tennessee 26%
Kentucky 28%   Texas 27%
Louisiana 29%   Utah 13%
Maine 20%   Vermont 17%
Maryland 13%   Virginia 16%
Massachusetts 14%   Washington 18%
Michigan 24%   West Virginia 27%
Minnesota 15%   Wisconsin 19%
Mississippi 34%   Wyoming 15%
Missouri 23%   US 22%
         
Source: CLASP analysis of 2008-2010 3-year ACS PUMS Data  
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