Children: Poverty in America Starts with Children In 200, twelve million children under the age of 8 lived in
poverty in the United States (Figure 2).
The Demographics of Poverty
Although children of color are more likely to live in poverty,
the largest number of poor children are non-Hispanic white
and their numbers are growing. Almost eight million white
children live below the poverty line. The youngest children
are at most risk. 8.2% of children under the age of 5 lives be-
low the poverty level. One in six of all children lives in poverty
today (Table 0).