Change Indicator

Children in poverty by poverty level in Illinois

Children in poverty by poverty level

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Definition and Source



The number of children ages 0 to 17 who are living in families with incomes below the matching percent of federal poverty threshold.

The denominator for the percentages is the total child population in each respective poverty level for whom poverty status is determined in respective geographic areas. Children for whom poverty status is determined include children living in households where they are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption. Thus, children living in foster care or in a group/institutional setting are excluded from this indicator.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Age by Ratio of Income to Poverty Level in the Past 12 Months (Universe: Population for whom poverty status is determined), 5-Year Estimates, Table B17024.


The federal poverty thresholds are updated each year by the U.S. Census Bureau and were established in 1964 using guidelines set by the Social Security Administration. Current thresholds can be found here

N.A. - Not Available. Estimates are suppressed when unreliable or the relative standard error is greater than 30%.
GEOGRAPHY - Data reflect the child’s place of residence. 
DATE - ACS data reflect a 5-year pooled estimate. That is, the estimate is the result of data being continuously collected nearly every day for five years. 

Last Updated

December 2023