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Child poverty map

The Census Bureau has released more information breaking down the picture of poverty in the United States. We've seen the overall income and poverty numbers, poverty rates by state and deep poverty. Now we get a more detailed picture of child poverty (PDF). The big number? There were 15.75 million poor children in the U.S. in 2010.

  • The poverty rate for children under 18 increased from 20 percent in 2009 to 21.6 percent in 2010. That translates to 1.1 million more children living in poverty.
  • Unsurprisingly, there were racial disparities in child poverty—the poverty rate for black children was 38.2 percent; for Hispanic children, 32.3 percent; for white children, 17 percent; and for Asian children, 13 percent. That means that 14.4 percent of children are black, but 25.6 percent of poor children are black, while "one of every five children in the United States was of Hispanic origin. However, Hispanic children made up one of every three children who lived in poverty in the United States in 2010."
  • Despite the racial disparities, child poverty grew for every racial group in 2010, and white children saw the largest numerical increase (due to their majority status in the population as a whole).
  • Ten states and the District of Columbia had child poverty rates of 25 percent or higher: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
  • States with below average child poverty were led by New Hampshire, at just 10 percent, while Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming were between 12.5 and 16.5 percent.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 09:00 AM PST.

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  •  Indian Reservations (3+ / 0-)
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    tonyahky, Odysseus, freedapeople

    if we could look at the child poverty rates on Indian reservations we would see rates that might approach countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. Often the Native American data gets buried and American Indians remain invisible.

    •  The Mojo button isn't showing up (3+ / 0-)

      But I wish I could Rec your comment.

      Here in the Salt Lake City metro area, pretty much the only kids living in poverty are those whose parents have untreated mental health or substance abuse issues.

      But out on the reservations, the rate is higher.

      That creates a dilemma.  There's an oil boom out near the Ute reservation, which creates jobs that drive down child poverty.  But which produces lots of pollution and greenhouse gases.

  •  No child--especially in a country as rich as the (4+ / 0-)

    US--should ever have to go without adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and educational opportunities. It is a disgrace to us as a country.

  •  Child poverty rate in Dallas County, TX: (4+ / 0-)

    (2010 pop. = 2,368,139), the US Census Bureau says 30% of the children are now in poverty.  The local rag, the DaMN, reports it would fill Cowboy Stadium more than twice (capacity = 80,000), or more than 160,000 kids.

    Just ponder that.  Dallas County is nearly 10% of the Texas population (25,000,000, +-).  I would imagine that rate largely holds throughout the state (if not higher in rural areas), thus 1,760,000 +- kids in Texas are in poverty.  Boggles the mind.

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 10:12:39 AM PST

  •  Poverty (7+ / 0-)

    Red State heaven, protect the unborn but once they're born, let 'em starve

  •  Just the way the Republicans like us (6+ / 0-)

    Poor and desperate. Clamoring for the shillings they toss from their carriages and grateful for the scraps they throw from their table.  

  •  amazing almost all red states (6+ / 0-)

    Amazing except for New Mexico all the states with highest poverty rates are all republican voting states  in presidential elections.
    Some day  these people will go vote and wake up to  reality,republicans are not your friends!

    •  Weeeeell... (0+ / 0-)

      Most of the lowest poverty rates are also GOP and that struck me.  It's also notable what GOP states weren't on either list (like Nevada).

      "Put on your high-heeled sneakers/it's Party time" - Steely Dan.

      by rainmanjr on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 03:07:26 PM PST

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    •  Not All that Surprising (0+ / 0-)

      A good chunk of the poor don't vote. Republican controlled areas have always made it difficult for the poor to vote because they see them as annoying mooches and are determined to make sure that get as little support as possible. When you have large numbers of lower Middle Class and working poor, they tend to see all of the desperately poor as competing for them for scarce resources. It is the classic case of the peasants fighting over crumbs while the well to do horde everything.  Republicans excel at pushing that mindset.

  •  And what are our "leaders" discussing.... (5+ / 0-)

    the "super committee" and cutting more social programs in order to address the self inflicted looming "debt crisis" and "fiscal disaster," when we've had an economic catastrophe occuring in this country for its people for over thirty years. Demonstrating yet again why OWS is essential and that they become directly politically active.

    It is time for progressives to wrest control of the Democratic Party from its "centrist" power brokers and for the people to demand that "Citizens United" be overturned by Constitutional Amendment. This will be a long hard fight, but it must be done.

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:10:03 PM PST

  •  And my representative, Steve Pearce, (2+ / 0-)
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    multi-millionaire, doesn't give a sh*t.  Please, somebody, make him go away!

    Corporations aren't people; they're Republicans. Rev. Al Sharpton

    by HappyinNM on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:19:32 PM PST

  •  20% of our children, our future, are hungry. (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, historys mysteries

    That does not bode very well for our future. They are, if hungry, most likely also malnourished because the only food that many poor families can afford is often inexpensive, refined carbohydrates.

    A big peril of poverty and hunger is the lack of adequate nutrition for the developing brain and growing body. Inadequate intake of Omega 3s during pregnancy and the early years can impair neurological development, with lifelong effects.

    In addition to the problems this can create for individuals, ultimately hunger can be very expensive to society as a whole. That is because poor nutrition in childhood can lead to a lifetime of compromised health.

    The ownership of this country knows the truth. It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. ~ #OWS sign

    by 4Freedom on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:21:50 PM PST

  •  What's the matter with Texas, Louisiana, WV, etc. (3+ / 0-)

    Notice how all but one of the poorest percentage of children in poverty are red states.

    •  Q: What's North Dakota doing right? (3+ / 0-)
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      historys mysteries, rainmanjr, TofG

      A:  Only state with a state-owned, public bank.  All the profits get invested back into the people of the state, not in Wall Street fantasy casino, bank CEO bonuses or offshored.

      The people of North Dakota have been occupying their state and saying fuck off to Wall Street since 1919.

      I wish the whole clip was online, but it was one of the special features in Capitalism: A Love Story (The Socialist Bank of -- North Dakota?), and Michael Moore links to this abbreviation:

      A related video is here:

      •  State Bank of California? AB 750 -- come on Jerry! (0+ / 0-)

        News is that the California legislature sent bill (AB 750) to Jerry Brown's desk in September to sign that would initiate study of California starting its own state bank, but I don't know what happened after that.

        If we only had a heart!  A brain!  A bank!

        This one's funny:

      •  Excellent post. (1+ / 0-)
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        "Put on your high-heeled sneakers/it's Party time" - Steely Dan.

        by rainmanjr on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 03:09:43 PM PST

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      •  Lots of jobs, low unemployment (0+ / 0-)

        North Dakota's low unemployment means that it's relatively easy to find a job there.

        High commodity prices are bad for most of the country, but good if you find work in that industry.

        It's the same reason that child poverty is low in Utah and Wyoming.  

        This is anecdotal evidence, of course, but supposedly; high school dropouts from the poor and isolated Ute reservation are making $20 an hour unloading trucks near the oil fields.

        •  "North Dakota's economic 'miracle'—it's not oil" (0+ / 0-)

          Quoting Ellen Brown:


          North Dakota has had the nation’s lowest unemployment ever since the economy tanked. What’s its secret?

          Oil is certainly a factor, but it is not what has put North Dakota over the top. Alaska has roughly the same population as North Dakota and produces nearly twice as much oil, yet unemployment in Alaska is running at 7.7 percent. Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming have all benefited from a boom in energy prices, with Montana and Wyoming extracting much more gas than North Dakota has. The Bakken oil field stretches across Montana as well as North Dakota, with the greatest Bakken oil production coming from Elm Coulee Oil Field in Montana. Yet Montana’s unemployment rate, like Alaska’s, is 7.7% percent.

          A number of other mineral-rich states were initially not affected by the economic downturn, but they lost revenues with the later decline in oil prices. North Dakota is the only state to be in continuous budget surplus since the banking crisis of 2008. Its balance sheet is so strong that it recently reduced individual income taxes and property taxes by a combined $400 million, and is debating further cuts. It also has the lowest foreclosure rate and lowest credit card default rate in the country, and it has had NO bank failures in at least the last decade.

          If its secret isn’t oil, what is so unique about the state? North Dakota has one thing that no other state has: its own state-owned bank.

          (emphasis mine)

  •  If this was (0+ / 0-)
    Child poverty increased in 2010; more than 1 in 5 children are poor

    If a headline like this popped up in 2007 instead of 2010, Democrats would be marching on the White House and Congress.  

    Dedicated to the GOP debates: When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter Thompson

    by NyteByrd1954 on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:27:41 PM PST

  •  The correlation between red states and (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, bkamr, historys mysteries

    child poverty is astounding.  But there should be NO states in this country where children live in poverty.

  •  I'm sure Meghan McCain can relate. (0+ / 0-)

    It's The SCOTUS, Stupid!

    by kitebro on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:33:14 PM PST

  •  Starve the living children, of course... (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, bkamr, historys mysteries

    but simultaneously push to eliminate sex ed, access to birth control, Planned Parenthood and legal abortions.

    Red State logic at its sordid best.

  •  This isn't a repub/dem problem (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, rainmanjr

    the poverty rate for black children was 38.2 percent;

    We've got a systemic problem with the minority children in our country.  It's not something that we can say is something republicans are doing to make that's just something wrong with our overall policies and how our "system" is handling this.  We've had this being progressed for a very long time with both democrats and republicans "in charge".  Very little is being done to solve this very important and very sad problem within our country.  Let's look at the unemployment rate of minorities in this country.  This isn't something that just happened overnight or within the past couple of years.  It's systemic.  It's a problem that must be solved by BOTH parties.  When we try to make it political, it is just going to be without solution.  Unless overall unemployment and unless the overall poor problem is solved, no racial group will realize a real solution.  This is more about overall solutions rather than just something politically motivated or radially-specific.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:35:54 PM PST

    •  Didn't you hear? (0+ / 0-)

      Charter schools and vouchers will solve that problem, since ya know it was created by the evil teacher unions.....who want to keep those kids poor in order to preserve their own rich benefits and salaries....I heard Chris Christie say so....right before he tried to get Michelle Rhee to run the NJ schools, fresh off her solving the poverty problems in DC.....

  •  Perhaps if we gave more tax cuts to the rich (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, raster44

    (lather, rinse, repeat)

    •  Tax cuts for the rich (1+ / 0-)
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      historys mysteries

      How much are we thinking will be realized by ending the tax cuts for the wealthy ala Bush Tax Cuts?  That would most certainly help put a bit into the FED...but, c'mon guys, that's just a smidgen compared to what we actually need to shore up our entitlement programs overall.  It would help us get a "feel good" feeling, but at the end of the day, these richies aren't gonna put enough into our overall shortfall to make a huge difference.  Now, if we're wanting to take away ALL of the wealth from those that represent the disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots", that's a different story, of course.  Not sure just how much "we" progressives want to take from these folks.

      Problem is, what happens when all the wealth is taken away from those that have the money in America?  Republican talking point?  Anti-socialism rhetoric?  

      We have to come up with policies that do make the wealthy help in our economic plight without injuring those that do employ our citizens and generate our country's economic potence.

      Without doing that, we're talking about doing something I truly think most Americans are totally against.

      - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

      by r2did2 on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:54:44 PM PST

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      •  Factually speaking you're way wrong (2+ / 0-)
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        TofG, rainmanjr

        From Deloitte & Touche

        Total wealth of US millionaires: $38.6 trillion
        Estimated total wealth of US millionaires in 2020: $87.1 trillion
        Estimated annual wealth increase of US millionaires between now and 2020: over $5 trillion

        Annual US budget deficit (maximum historical): $1.3 trillion

        see the May 2011 Deloitte study here

        Basically the zillionaires have been taking home so much of the pie that now their share starts to look like almost the whole thing.

        •  I agree wholeheartedly (0+ / 0-)

          So, we should go after what enables these people to achieve this...not the people.  These people will take advantage of whatever is available to them to achieve great wealth.  It's what you'd do and what anyone would do in that position.

          It's not about going after the's about what enables them.  And, that is government...and those within government.

          Is there graft and corruption within the richie clan?  Youbetcha.  Is that prevelent within government officials? Again...Youbetcha.

          Let's get our focus right.

          - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

          by r2did2 on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 02:48:25 PM PST

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      •  one correction (0+ / 0-)

        they are now the Obama Tax Cuts, Bush is long gone and the DEMOCRAT Congress and WH voted to keep them in place.

  •  exceptionalism (0+ / 0-)

    We're a great country if you count everyone with white skin.  If you exclude those winners, we rank closer  to the bottom.  Happy Thanksgiving!

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 01:56:14 PM PST

  •  I am a Republican. (2+ / 0-)

    I vow as God as my witness to protect every single zygote (although I have no idea what this is), embryo, and fetus in the entire United States, but once the kid is born, I'm done.

  •  oh joy Texas is racing to the bottom again (3+ / 0-)
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    Low graduation rate, high teen pregnancy rate and an increasing number of chillens in poverty and the best answer they have to it? Cut education, cut social programs if not eliminate them altogether. Brilliant!

    Putting on the spectacles of science in expectation of finding an answer to everything looked at signifies inner blindness. -- J(ames) Frank Dobie

    by cactusflinthead on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 02:36:04 PM PST

  •  a political observation (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, raincrow, Onomastic

    of the states with 25% or more of children in poverty, only one, NM, voted for Obama.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 03:48:39 PM PST

    •  I'd be interested in how that fits with (0+ / 0-)

      other things as well. For instance, the amount of Federal Dollars going to those States, etc.

      If corporations are people, then I want to see some birth certificates and talk to their parents.

      by Onomastic on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 06:54:01 PM PST

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  •  Fuckheads over @ FAUX"NEWS" want to end foodstamps (1+ / 0-)
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    If you ever have the stupid idea to turn on FAUX "NEWS" or FAUX business which is not business at all they love to bash things like people getting food stamps and how it costs THEM money their hard earned money going to feed other people, yea those starving kids,they hate the idea that after 10 years of Bush the rate of poor has risen so high that so many kids are going hungry that food stamps are costing the country a lot of money and they dont like it so they bash it. So what if kids get sick and it cost lots in medical bills so what if kids die they dont want THEIR money paying for kids to eat so if you want to see assholes complain about starving American kids being feed with tax dollars just watch FAUX BUSINESS CHANELL and see Eric Boilling be one of the biggist dickheads on earth as he complains about the starving being feed with food stamps and his cronies going along for the ride and complaining along with the asshole. God I hate those heartless souless clueless useless waste of a collection of biological mess that they claim to call them selfs human beings,far from it.

  •  It is really time (0+ / 0-)

    that we start taking care about each other!


    IN SOME NON-SPORTING CATEGORY!!!!! I always say: you just have to pick your battles.


  •  Republicans would prefer it be 4 in 5. (0+ / 0-)
  •  hope and change ... n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Dear Southern States: (0+ / 0-)

    With 25% or better of your children in poverty hows that right wing family values thing working for you?  Actually we should all be ashamed that the below average states still have 12-16%.  Bad America, Bad.  

    General Strike WA--Occupy the Legislature, Monday Nov 28--Olympia. Union Supported--10,000 expected to be here. Stop the cuts until the corporations pay their share.

    by YellerDog on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 09:15:33 PM PST

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