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Lived Experiences

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).