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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Q: Does the proportion of juveniles living in poverty vary by race?
A: In 2011, black juveniles were twice as likely to live in poverty as white juveniles.
Percent under age 18 in poverty by race, 1975-2011

Note: Poverty statistics on American Indians and Alaska Natives were not presented in the source reports.

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  • The proportion of juveniles living in poverty increased for each race group since 2006. In fact, the proportion of white juveniles in poverty in 2011 (18.6%) was at its highest point since 1975.
  • The proportion of white juveniles in poverty has been relatively stable since 1975 (varying between 11% and 19%). Comparatively, the proportions of black juveniles (varying between 30% and 48%) and Asian juveniles (varying between 10% and 24%) living in poverty showed greater variation between 1975 and 2011.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01402.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on December 17, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census. Current Population Survey - Historical Poverty Tables. Table 3: "Poverty Status of People, by Age, Race, and Hispanic Origin: 1959 to 2011." [Internet release date: September 13, 2012 ]. Web-based data files available at: [http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/historical/people.html].


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