Dr. Michael Omidi discusses recent PEW research that analyzes the rate of child poverty in America.
According to the PEW Research Center, a total of 20% of children in America were living in poverty in 2013. That is roughly 14.7 million children. This number is down from 16.3 million children in 2010, which represented a rate of 22% of American children. Unfortunately, these numbers are still too high and unevenly distributed between different racial backgrounds.
Asian children had the lowest number who were living in poverty in the US according to the research. They had half a million or so children living in poverty. The data was pulled from US Census' “Income and Poverty in the United States.”
For the first time since the census began, white and black children had near equal numbers of children living in poverty. There are roughly 4.1 million black children living in poverty and 4.3 million white children living in poverty. This comes out to be about 2 out of every 5 black children who are living in poverty.
Out of all demographics living in poverty, children are sadly the highest group living in poverty. This is largely in part because they are unable to fend for themselves, and require care from a parent or guardian. Children are considered to be those 18 years of age and younger.
The population fairing worst is the children in the Hispanic community. In total, 5.3 million Hispanic children were living in poverty in 2013. The Hispanic community has seen a rise in child poverty over the past decade.
It is saddening to see that nearly a quarter of American children have to endure the hardships of poverty. They are helpless and forced to live in less desirable circumstances where some of their basic necessities aren't being met. We must do more as a country for our nation’s children. Through supporting charitable organizations, volunteering and reaching out to your elected officials, you can try to make a greater impact in order to allow these children a brighter future.
Yours in health,
Michael OmidiDr. Michael Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty, a nonprofit that advocates for the elimination of poverty throughout the US and around the world.