Child Poverty Rises in 2000s

[imgbelt img= childpov.jpg] The percentage of U.S. children living in poverty increased
dramatically between 2000 and 2010. The highest proportion of poor
children live in counties with small cities.

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The majority of counties in Michigan, through the mid-South to Florida and from Missouri to North Carolina experienced significant increases in their child poverty rates. 

The western Great Plains and the lower northeast experienced a lower increase in their child poverty rates during the same time period.

The table below shows the 25 counties with the highest child poverty rates in 2010.

(Note: In this story, urban counties are those considered metropolitan by the federal Office of Management and Budget. Rural counties are those that are “non-core” according to the OMB. Small city counties are “micropolitan”; they have cities that range between 10,000 and 50,000 residents.)

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Roberto Gallardo is an assistant extension professor and economic development specialist at the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University.

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