(COMMON DREAMS) Lauren McCauley — For the first time since the U.S. Census began, the number of black children living in poverty has surpassed the number of poor white children, despite the significant difference in population size, a new Pew Research study published Tuesday has found.
According to the Pew analysis of recent Census data, in 2013, 14.7 million children in the U.S. (roughly 20 percent) lived in a household with an annual income below $23,624 for a family of four. This marks a decline of two percent since 2010.
While this drop was shared among Hispanic, white, and Asian children, the rate of black children living in poverty “held steady at about 38 percent.”
And despite the fact that white children in the U.S. outnumber black children by at least 3 to 1, at 4.2 million, the number of black children living beneath the poverty line exceeds the 4.1 million impoverished white children.