July 3, 2013
Five facts about child poverty in the United States
An estimated 23 percent of U.S. children live in poverty, according to a new report.
While the U.S. economy has improved, the effects of the recession are still a factor in the lives of too many children.
More U.S. children living below the poverty line
According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book , the number of U.S. children living in poverty has been rising, and nearly one-third live in a home where no parent has a full-time, year-round job.
An estimated 16.4 million children lived in households with an income below the poverty line during 2011 — 3 million more than in 2005.
U.S. children in poverty: Five facts
Here are five more facts about child poverty in the United States from the 2013 report:
1. 23 percent of U.S. children live in poverty.
For 2011, the poverty threshold was based on earnings under $22,811 for a family of two adults and two children.
2. 10 percent of U.S. children live in extreme poverty.
For two adults and two children, a family income of $11,405 is considered extreme poverty.
3. Preschoolers and kindergarteners are more likely to be in poverty.
For children younger than 3, the poverty rate is 26 percent; for 3- to 5-year-olds, it’s 25 percent.
4. Children in single-parent families account for 37 percent of those in poverty.
The poverty threshold for a family of one adult and two children is $18,123.
5. More children are feeling the negative effects of living in pockets of poverty.
The number of children living in neighborhoods with 30-percent poverty rates rose by 12 percent from 2007 to 2011. They lack community opportunities and resources more easily accessible to boys and girls living in more affluent neighborhoods.
World Vision’s response
World Vision is present in some of our nation’s most distressed and under-served communities, where poverty is high and opportunities are limited.
In the United States, we aim to help meet the basic needs of children and families in poverty, fill hungry stomachs, increase learning opportunities, empower youth, and transform communities. We also respond to U.S. disasters.
We maximize and multiply our impact by working in partnership with more than 3,000 local organizations in the United States — churches, community organizations, corporations, and nonprofits.
In 2012, World Vision served nearly 2.3 million children and adults in the United States by:
- Providing teachers and students in low-income neighborhoods with free school supplies
- Offering clothing, personal hygiene items, household cleaning products, and building materials to vulnerable families
- Responding to disasters with relief and recovery efforts
- Training organizations to tutor and empower young people
Two ways you can respond
Pray for children and families in poverty in the United States. Pray that they would gain access to resources and opportunities that would allow them to thrive. Check our our new prayer guide to pray for our work in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
Make a one-time gift to help provide clothing and other basics for children and families in the United States. Your donation will help provide nutritious food, warm clothing, school supplies, personal items, and more to help children and families living in poverty right here in the United States.