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ERIC Number: ED558528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
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Basic Facts about Low-Income Children: Children 12 through 17 Years, 2013. Fact Sheet
Jiang, Yang; Ekono, Mercedes; Skinner, Curtis
National Center for Children in Poverty
Children under 18 years represent 23 percent of the population, but they comprise 33 percent of all people in poverty. Among all children, 44 percent live in low-income families and approximately one in every five (22 percent) live in poor families. Among our oldest children--adolescents age 12 through 17 years--41 percent live in low-income families and 19 percent live in poor families. Being a child in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance. Parental education and employment, race/ethnicity, and other factors are associated with children experiencing economic insecurity. This fact sheet describes the demographic, socio-economic, and geographic characteristics of adolescents and their parents. It highlights the important factors that appear to distinguish low-income and poor children in this age group from their less disadvantaged counterparts. The following questions are addressed: (1) How many adolescent children age 12 through 17 years in the United States live in low-income families?; (2) Has the percentage of adolescents living in low-income and poor families changed over time?; (3) How do adolescents compare to the rest of the population?; (4) Does the percentage of children in low-income families vary by children's age?; (5) Does the percentage of adolescents in low-income families vary by race/ethnicity?; (6) Does the percentage of adolescents in low-income families vary by parents' nativity?; (7) What are the family characteristics of low-income and poor adolescents?; (8) Does the percentage of adolescents in low-income families vary by where they live?; and (9) Are adolescents in low-income families covered by health insurance?
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Children in Poverty