In this brief, authors Andrew Schaefer, Marybeth Mattingly, and Kenneth Johnson look at both the incidence of high child poverty and at the places where such high child poverty has persisted for decades. Their analysis documents that high child poverty is growing nationwide and that rural America includes a disproportionate share of children living in counties with persistently high child poverty. Counties with persistent high child poverty are clustered in Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, much of the Southeast, parts of the Southwest, and in scattered areas of the Great Plains. More than three-quarters of counties with persistent high child poverty have a substantial minority child population.

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Winter 2-23-2016


National Issue Brief No. 97


Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

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