Low income is defined as having income below twice the federal poverty level — the amount of income that research suggests is needed on average for families to meet their basic needs. About 39 percent of the nation’s children — nearly 29 million in 2007 — live in families with low incomes, that is, incomes below twice the official poverty level (for 2009, about $44,000 for a family of four). In the US, 43 percent of children under age six live in low-income families, compared to 37 percent of children over age six.
In Connecticut, there are 478,248 families, with 810,572 children.
For 2009, the federal poverty level is $22,050 for a family of four. Children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty level are referred to as poor. But research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty level to meet their basic needs.
CT Data: Low-Income Children:
26% (214,542) of children live in low-income families (National: 41%), defined as income below 200% of the federal poverty level
11% (92,502) of children live in poor families (National: 19%), defined as income below 100% of the federal poverty level.
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