Poor Children in America

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In case you can’t read the fine print, this is a chart showing states with the highest child poverty rates of 25 percent or higher (source: Children’s Defense Fund).* The state with the highest number of poor children is Mississippi, followed by New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, S. Carolina, Kentucky, N. Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. “Poverty” is here defined as an annual income of below $23,492 for a family of four. If you look at the map, with few exceptions, most of the states are in the South, the same part of the country which has the most uninsured people. Draw your own inferences.

*The states in black have the highest rate of child poverty. If you click on the image here you can see the map in more detail.

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