Child Poverty

Black and Hispanic Children Are Three Times More Likely to Be Poor Than White Children

The child poverty rate in the U.S. dropped sharply between 1990 and 2000, but rose rapidly again after the onset of the recession in 2007. Although the trends over time by race and ethnicity are similar, a substantial gap between black and Latino children and non-Hispanic whites has persisted for the last 22 years. Today, nearly 4 in 10 black children and 1 in 3 Latino children live in poverty. Child poverty not only affects children’s health and well-being when they are young, but has long-lasting consequences into adulthood.