Here are some of the key findings:
- Between 2009 and 2010 an additional one million children joined the ranks of those in poverty. This brings the total to an estimated 15.7 million poor children in 2010, an increase of 2.6 million since the Great Recession began in 2007.
- Of the 15.7 million poor children in 2010, 5.9 million are young (under age 6), an increase of 220,000 over one year.
- Thirty-one percent of children under age 6 in America’s central cities are poor, as are 30 percent of young children in rural places. In contrast, 19 percent of young children residing in the suburbs are poor.
- Between 2009 and 2010, only two places experienced declines in child poverty rates: suburban Hawaii and rural Illinois. All other places had rates that were unchanged or increased.