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Children of Color More Likely to Live in Poverty, Study Says

The Short of It

According to the Pew Research Center's study of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 data, poverty among America's children is on the decline, but black children are more likely than Asians, Hispanics and Caucasians to live in poverty.

The Lowdown

In 2013, 20 percent, or 14.7 million, of children in the United States lived in poverty. This is a slight decrease from 2010, when 22 percent, or 16.3 million, were impoverished.

For the study, the poverty threshold was set at an annual income of $23,624 for a family of four—two adults and two related dependents.

"Black children were almost four times as likely as white or Asian children to be living in poverty in 2013, and significantly more likely than Hispanic children," the Pew study states. "In terms of total numbers, there were still more Hispanic children living in poverty in 2013 (5.4 million) than any other group, as has been the case since at least 2008."

The study says the larger and younger overall Hispanic population is why the numbers are higher for Hispanic children than other groups, but the data shows a small decline in poverty rates among Hispanic children in the last few years.

The Upshot

People under the age of 18 make up one fourth of the nation's population, and one third of all Americans in poverty. For the first time since 1974, there are more poor black kids (4.2 million) than poor white kids (4.1 million), even though there are three times as many white children in America.

The data shows a small decline in poverty rates among Hispanic children in the last few years. Black children are the only group that have not shown a decline in the poverty rate since 2010.

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