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Census: 23 percent of all Florida children live in poverty

Here’s a piece of data that missed our radar last week: Nearly one in four Florida children under age 18  live in poverty, higher than the national average and a 1.2 percent increase over the previous year, according to data released last week by the U.S. Census.

Translated in real terms, the national poverty rate is a family of four with an annual income of $22,314.

Between 2009 and 2010, the number of children in poverty in Florida increased 72,160. The total number is 923,963 or 23.5 percent of all children in Florida. The national average is 21.6 percent. Here's the report.

The data also show the depth to which poverty level affects racial and ethnic minorities in Florida. Among blacks, 38.6 percent of all children live in poverty. Among those who list themselves as “other race,” the poverty rate is 36.3 percent. Among those families who report themselves of Hispanic origin, the rate is 28.3 percent.

More than one in five children in the U.S. lived in poverty in 2010, the Census reports. That’s the highest rate since the Census Bureau started measuring through the annual American Community Survey in 2001.

"Children who live in poverty, especially young children, are more likely than their peers to have cognitive and behavioral difficulties, to complete fewer years of education, and, as they grow up, to experience more years of unemployment," the Census said in its report.


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Daniel Butler

For those left hanging, that's nearly 1 in 4.34782609 children.

George Fuller

Of the 23% what percentage are single parent homes?



That's not only shocking, but absolutely unacceptable! As a child I knew poverty, and I stared hunger in the eyes - those cold, cold eyes. As an adult I try to do everything I can to help my fellow human beings without losing balance and sinking my own ship.

My better half is a LCSW (social worker) in Florida that faces and handles many of the needy (...and hungry too.) persons issues - trying to steer them in a positive direction. 23% becomes her 100%; all children. It never seems to end. I think the waiting list is 400 or 500 at any given point in time. Still the governor slashes 'n' burns, heaps the burden on those with fewer resources, by-passing the rich.

I'll always wonder how the wealthy can just look the other way.

grants for single mothers

From my personal view the children who lived life of poverty may had reason of raising by single parents..

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