Child Poverty on the Rise in the United States

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

rusty American flag, poverty A rusty American flag. (Michael Rosenquest/flickr)

Nearly 15 million, or 21 percent, of children in the United States live in families with incomes below $22,350, the federal poverty threshold set by the U.S Census Bureau. 

This number has been on the rise since 2001, when 16.9 percent of children living in the United States were reported to live in families with incomes below that threshold.  

Studies suggest that the effects of poverty on children are diverse and can have far-reaching implication that can effect educational attainment as well as future socio-economic status. 

Krissy Clark, a senior reporter for Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty Desk, is covering the implications of child poverty in the United States. Jezza Neumann is the producer and director of the new Frontline documentary, "Poor Kids."

Here's a preview of that documentary:


Krissy Clark on what the U.S. government has done to combat child poverty



Krissy Clark and Jezza Neumann

Produced by:

Jacob Gash and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

If child poverty is not stopped, we will have a large community of very hungry and angry adults who can't think straight.

Nov. 20 2012 01:50 PM
Peg from Willseyville NY

It's unfortunate that so many well meaning Americans have been convinced to contribute to their retirement funds,but have not been equally convinced to invest in the future of those children who will be taking care of the elderly.

Why should a person raised in poverty have any reason to take kind care of those who neglected them????

Nov. 20 2012 09:29 AM

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