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Low-Income Children in the United States: A Brief Demographic Profile

The data presented in the Child Poverty Fact Sheet shows that America's children are almost twice as likely to live in poverty as Americans in any other age group (16 percent compared to nine to 10 percent for working and retired adults). Since it peaked in 1993, the child poverty rate has been reduced by more than one quarter. With the recent economic downturn, there is a risk that the United States will again experience sharp increases in child poverty similar to those that accompanied the recessions of the early 1980s and 1990s.

(Adapted from information in Low-Income Children in the United States:  A Brief Demographic Profile, March 2002, found on the website of the National Center for Children in Poverty, http://www.nccp.org, and used with the permission of the National Center for Children in Poverty)


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