Statistics on children, youth and families in Virginia from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Voices for Virginia’s Children
% of children living in poverty by race/ethnicity
because one or more years have been deselected.
Why This Indicator Matters
In The Colors of Poverty (2010), a multidisciplinary group of experts (Lin, A.C. and Harris, D., Editors), provide a breakthrough analysis of the complex mechanisms that connect poverty and race. They contend that poverty results not from a single source but from a cumulative process: any type of disadvantage (ex., segregation, social exclusion, encounters with prejudice, or differential access and treatment, etc.) makes one vulnerable to other disadvantages. Together, they show that disadvantages in one area create new disadvantages in others. Conversely, advantages insulate, allowing those with fewer vulnerabilities to buffer themselves from cascading disadvantage.
Definition and Source
In 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau defined the poverty level as a combined annual income of $26,172 for a family of four.
Poverty status is not determined for people in military barracks, institutional quarters, or for unrelated individuals under age 15 (such as foster children). The data are based on income received in the 12 months prior to the survey.
The percentage of children in poverty for each race is calculated by dividing the total number of children of that race in poverty by the total number of children of that race. For example: In Accomack in 2014, there were 737 white kids in poverty. There were 4,201 total white kids in Accomack. 737/4201 = 17.5%.
The table numbers for each race are as follows:
B17020C: American Indian
B17020G: Two or More
N.A. - Data not available.
* - Estimates suppressed when data represents fewer than 10 children