2015 Data for Children in PovertyPoverty & Family Economics
2015 saw some positive news for children, with the national child poverty rate dropping from 21.1 percent in 2014 to 19.7 percent in 2015, resulting in 1 million less children living in poverty. (The official poverty line for a family of four with two children is $24,036).
Yet we know we can do better. Children are still 69 percent more likely to live in poverty than adults. They make up 23.1 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 33.6 percent of the population living in poverty.
The national numbers used in this report come from the US Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey – Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015. The state numbers used in this report come from the American Community Survey, 2015, 1-Year Estimates.