Change Indicator

Children ages birth to 17 living in high-poverty areas in Michigan

Children ages birth to 17 living in high-poverty areas

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

High-poverty areas—U.S. Census tracts where 30% or more of households are at or below the federal poverty line—experience a lack of revenue and investment that creates lower-resourced institutions. This impacts families’ access to healthy food, quality medical care, education, jobs, and physical environments free from environmental hazards. A history of racial and economic geographic segregation, including the legacy of “white flight” in the 1950s and 60s, impacts the racial and economic makeup of Michigan neighborhoods today. During white flight, white families left cities that were becoming more racially diverse for suburban areas. This large-scale movement shrank the tax base and decreased revenue for city services in the midst of legal discrimination on the basis of race in all sectors, including—and especially in—housing and employment. Institutional racism and de facto segregation continue today.
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Definition and Source



The number represents the 5-year average, ending in the year listed, of children ages birth to 17 who live in census tracts with poverty rates of 30% or higher.

The percent is based on the average birth to 17 population for that period.


Data Source

American Community Survey Table S1701.


Last Updated

February 2024