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Children in poverty in New Hampshire

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Why This Indicator Matters

Given what we know about the long-term consequences associated with growing up poor, including slower or impaired brain development, lower educational attainment, increased likelihood of teen birth and arrest, reduced labor force attachment, and worse health (for example, Hair et al. 2015 and Ratcliffe 2015), poverty is a critical indicator of how youth are faring over time.


Hair, Nicole L., Jamie L. Hanson, Barbara L. Wolfe, and Seth D. Pollak. 2015. “Association of Child Poverty, Brain Development, and Academic Achievement.” JAMA Pediatrics 169(9): 822–829.
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Definition and Source



Poverty is calculated by total family income to an annually adjusted threshold based on number of adults and children in the family. Therefore, all family members have the same poverty status.

This indicator includes children under 18.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2015-2021, Table S1701


There is a 90% margin of error around these estimates. Children in poverty.

Last Updated

January 2023