Children poverty from all race groups increased in population since the 2009 ACS, including children reported as White , Black, Some Other Race, and children of Two or More Races. Out of which, more White children were added than any race, about 50% of the newly added children.
However, In the 2010 ACS, White and Asian children had poverty rates below the U.S. average. Other race groups had higher rates, including Black children (38.2 percent) and children identified with Two or More Races (22.7 percent). Poverty for Hispanic children was 32.3 percent.
White children still made up the majority of children in poverty (53.6 percent)
Black children represented 25.6 percent of the population of children in poverty but only 14.4 percent of all children. Whites represented 53.6 percent of the population in poverty but are 68.2 percent of all children. Therefore, in 2010 out of the white population, only 17% of the children are in poverty, even though that makes up a majority of children in poverty. There are 38.2 percent of the Black children population that are in poverty.
This means there is a higher percentage of Black children in poverty based on the entire population of Black children.
Hispanic children made up one of every three children who lived in poverty in the United States in 2010 (Macartney, 2011)
Children under age five are more likely than children ages five to 17 to live below the poverty line (25 versus 20 percent, respectively in 2011).
Similarly, under-five white, black, and Hispanic children are each more likely than their older counterparts to live below the poverty line. However, this pattern is not true of Asian children (Child Trends, 2012)
Between 2000 and 2009, for youth and young adults ages 15- to 24-years-old, the poverty rate increased from 14 to 20 percent. This increase occurred for both male (from 12 to 17 percent) and female (from 16 to 22 percent).
The percentage of male youth and young adults living in poverty is lower than the percentage of female youth and young adults.
In 2009, about 17 percent of males between the ages of 15 and 24 were living in poverty, compared with 22 percent of females.
Higher Education and Gender
In 2009, about 21 percent of young adults were living in poverty where lower poverty rates were associated with higher levels of education.
Higher percentage of young adults without a high school diploma (31 percent) live in poverty than were those who have completed high school (24 percent) and those who have earned a bachelor's or higher degree (14 percent).
This pattern generally persisted across sex and race/ethnicity. Black and Hispanic young adults with at least a high school diploma had lower poverty rates than those who did not finish high school. ("Youth indicators 2011," 2011)
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