Children in Poverty 2009Each autumn, the Census Bureau releases information regarding poverty and income in the United States for the previous year. This year’s release included disturbing news for American families and their children. From 2008 to 2009, the number of America’s children that live in poverty grew by close to 2 million. Indeed in 2009, child poverty reached a level of 20.7 percent – a rate of more than one in five and totaling more than 15.5 million children.

This report provides a state-by-state breakdown of the number of children living in poverty by analyzing the 2009 U.S. Census data.