Children living in poverty

How many children live in poverty?  According to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 13.3 million below the age of 18 (for the year of 2007).  That’s 1/2 million more than in the previous year.  18% of the population below the age of 18 live in poverty compared to 12.5% of the rest of the population.

Among African-American children, nearly 40% of them lived below the poverty line compared with 28.6% of Hispanics, 14.95 of Whites, and 11.9% of Asians.

We know that poor -low income – students drop out at a far higher rate than any other group.

Nearly 9 million children live in families that lack health care.  This data was before the increased cost of gasoline, company layoffs and the mortgage crisis.

The Census Report is available at