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Children below 200% poverty in United States

Children below 200% poverty

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Definition and Source



The share of children under age 18 who live in families with incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty level.

The federal poverty definition consists of a series of thresholds based on family size and composition.
For 2021, the 200%  poverty threshold for a family of 4 with two children is: $54,958. Poverty status is not determined for people in military barracks, institutional quarters, or for unrelated individuals under age 15 (such as foster children).

These data are derived from ACS table B17024.

Data Source

Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Supplementary Survey, 2001 Supplementary Survey, 2002 through 2019, 2021 American Community Survey.

These data were derived from ACS table B17024.


Updated September 2022.
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.
N.A. – Data not available.
Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts.  Cities for which data are collected may change over time. 
Use caution when comparing congressional districts over time. Congressional district boundaries may change between decennial censuses. Annual data for each congressional district refers to the boundaries for that district in that year.
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at
Children below 200% poverty.

Last Updated

September 2022