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Pew: Poverty Rate of Black Children 4 Times That of Whites, Asians

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 01:38 PM

Black children were almost four times as likely as white or Asian children to be living in poverty in 2013, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

In 2013, an impoverished family was defined as a family of four, that included two children, with an annual income below $23,624.

Pew notes that while the number of children living in poverty in the United States has dropped slightly since 2010 due to an improving economy, there has been little change for black children.

In 2010, 16.3 million or 22 percent of American children were living in poverty. In 2013, that number dropped to 20 percent, or 14.7 million children.

But the declines were among Hispanic, white and Asian children, Pew said. The poverty level for black children "held steady" at about 38 percent,  representing 4.2 million children.

In sheer numbers, however, Hispanic children — 5.4 million — are the largest group of young poor, reflecting the large Hispanic population in the U.S. and the fact that the Hispanic child poverty rate is also "relatively high" at about 30 percent, Pew said.

According to Pew, for the first time since the Census Bureau began collecting this data, the number of white children living in poverty has dropped below the number of black children  in impoverished homes, even though "there are more than three times as many white children as black children living in the U.S. today," Pew reported.

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