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Children who live in low-poverty areas by family nativity in United States

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Percent of children ages 0 to 17 who live in census tracts with poverty rates of less than 20%. Research indicates that as neighborhood poverty rates increase, undesirable outcomes rise and opportunities for success are less likely. The effects of concentrated poverty begin to appear once neighborhood poverty rates rise above 20 percent and continue to grow as the concentration of poverty increases up to the 40 percent threshold.

Children in immigrant families is defined as children who are themselves foreign-born or reside with at least one foreign-born parent. Foreign-born is defined as either a U.S. citizen by naturalization or not a citizen of the U.S. Native-born is defined as born in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or the Northern Marianas or born abroad of American parents. The foreign-born status of children not living with either parent is based solely on the status of the child and no other household member. Children living in subfamilies are linked to their parent(s) and not the householder.

Data Source

Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey.


Updated: October 2017
N.A. - Estimates are not available.

Last Updated

October 2017