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Poverty - Estimated percent of population (age 5 to 17) under 100% poverty in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

Children in poverty can face insurmountable barriers to success. They are more likely to suffer abuse or neglect. Their school performance is hampered by the greater likelihood of learning disabilities, repeating grades, and dropping out. They are more likely to become teen parents and to abuse drugs and alcohol. Neighborhood concentration of poverty can expose children to crime, violence, lead poisoning and other health hazards. Children may have less access to beneficial activities that offer recreation, learning, and socialization.

SAIPE estimates are based on American Community Survey data, population estimates and administrative records. They are more precise than the 5-year American Community Survey estimates, especially for areas with small population size.
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Definition and Source



The estimated number of children ages 0-17 who are under 100% of poverty using SAIPE (Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates).

Data Source

U.S. Bureau of the Census, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program (SAIPE)


Updated December 2022.

Last Updated

December 2022