After CPPP’s “Kids Count” report about Texas children was released a few weeks ago (covered here by Chloe), some new sobering statistics were released about the state of children around the nation.
The U.S. Census Bureau released a report detailing the number of people in the United States living in poverty and without health insurance. Here’s an overview:
- The overall poverty rate in the U.S. rose from 14.3% in 2009, to 15.1% in 2010.
- The total number of Americans living in poverty last year was 46.2 million.
- Children (under 18) living in poverty in the U.S. rose from 20.7% in 2009, to 22% in 2010.
- Children are more likely than any other age group to be poor.
- Children under 6 have better than a 1 in 4 chance of being poor (25.3%). Compare this with the 12.9% poverty rate for the 18-64 age group, and 8.9% for 65 and over.
- 7.3 million (or 9.8%) of children have no health insurance.
- 15.4% of children living in poverty are uninsured.