ERIC Number: ED378284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Two Americas. Comparisons of U.S. Child Poverty in Rural, Inner City and Suburban Areas. A Linear Trend Analysis to the Year 2010.
Cook, John T.; Brown, J. Larry
This analysis, part of a series on child poverty in America, contains an overview of child poverty trends over the period from 1959 to 1992 and projections of child poverty rates and levels by area of residence to the year 2010. Analyses, based on data from the Census Bureau, show a marked increase in the overall rate of child poverty since the early 1970s, as well as increases across inner-city, suburban, and rural areas. Data show that the increase in child poverty in urban areas, especially the suburbs, has been dramatic. Also, accompanying the large increase in poverty in the urban areas is a somewhat smaller, though still quite large, increase in rural child poverty. Projections of child poverty rates and levels by area of residence to the year 2010 show the variation likely to occur over the next two decades if trends continue. It is projected that an additional 6 million children will be living in poverty in urban areas by the year 2010, a 57 percent increase, with the largest growth in suburban poverty (54 percent of the total urban increase). The number of poor children in the suburbs will increase by about 74 percent while the number of poor children in the inner city will increase by 44.4 percent. The poverty rate for inner cities and suburbs combined will increase to 28 percent in 2010. The number of poor rural children will increase by about 8 percent even though the rural child population will decline by 13 percent. Twenty figures and three tables, and a table in an appendix, present trend data. (Contains 22 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Children, Comparative Analysis, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Inner City, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Rural Areas, Suburbs, Trend Analysis
Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition Policy, Tufts University, 11 Curtis Avenue, Medford, MA 02155 ($6).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tufts Univ., Medford, MA. Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition Policy.