Number Of Children Living In High-Poverty Areas Increased 25 Percent In The Last Decade

A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that nearly 8 million children were living in high-poverty areas in 2010 (the latest data available), a 25 percent increase since 2000. The report noted that “research has shown that even when family income is held constant, families living in areas of concentrated poverty are more likely to struggle to meet their children’s basic material needs,” including food, housing, and health care. “The recession has really set back much of the progress that was made in the 1990s when poverty went down,” said Prof. Robert Sampson.