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Children in low-income working families by family nativity in United States

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Children under age 18 who live in families with incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty level and where at least one parent worked 50 or more weeks during the previous year, by children in immigrant families or US-born families. 

The federal poverty definition consists of a series of thresholds based on family size and composition. In 2007, the 200% poverty threshold for a family of two adults and two children was $42,054. Poverty status is not determined for people in military barracks, institutional quarters, or for unrelated individuals under age 15 (such as foster children).

Children in immigrant families are themselves foreign-born or reside with at least one foreign-born parent. Children in U.S.-born families are both themselves and their resident parents born in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or the Northern Marianas or born abroad of American parents.

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Census Supplementary Survey & American Community Survey.


S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.

N.A. - Data not available.

Last Updated

June 2014