Poverty rates

State Takeaways

In 2019 almost half (48%) of children of color ages 5-17 lived in poverty. Black and Latino children experience the highest levels of household poverty, compared to white children.

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This measure of poverty is calculated as the percentage of men or boys living below the 200% federal poverty threshold determined for each year and for each age group. In 2019, the federal poverty threshold for a family of four is $25,000. Family size and composition are used to calculate each poverty threshold. The universe for this indicator includes civilians who are not institutionalized. See how IPUMS defines the poverty status for detailed information on this variable. These poverty estimates may differ from other publications, given that poverty status can and is constructed in different ways. See how the U.S. Census calculates poverty as an example. 

Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. Latinos include people of any race. Only a partial list of California counties are included in this indicator due to data constraints. Data for some groups or counties may be missing due to data constraints.

Data was provided by the National Equity Atlas. For more details, see the National Equity Atlas’ methodology notes

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