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Five percent of children in Delaware live in concentrated poverty according to Children Living in High Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods,
a new KIDS COUNT?? data snapshot released today by the Annie E. Casey
Foundation. Using the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau,
the snapshot examines where concentrated poverty has worsened across
the country despite a long period of national economic expansion.
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Growing up in a community of concentrated poverty that is, a neighborhood where 30 percent or more of the population is living in poverty is one of the greatest risks to child development. Alarmingly, more than 8.5 million children live in these settings. That's nearly 12 percent of all children in the United States. Children in high-poverty neighborhoods tend to lack access to healthy food and quality medical care and they often face greater exposure to environmental hazards, such as poor air quality, and toxins like lead. Financial hardships and fear of violence can cause chronic stress linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. And when these children grow up, they are more likely to have lower incomes than children who have relocated away from communities of concentrated poverty.
The Children Living in Concentrated Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods
snapshot shows that urban areas in Delaware have the largest share of
children living in concentrated poverty: 36 percent of children living
in cities reside in a high-poverty neighborhood. Less than 0.5 percent
of kids in rural areas live in such communities, while one percent of
suburban kids do. Further, Delaware has higher rates of children of
color living in these areas: 15 percent of the states African-American
kids and five percent of the states Hispanic kids live in high-poverty
neighborhoods, compared to one percent of the states non-Hispanic White
KIDS COUNT in Delaware joins the Casey Foundation on calling on
national, state and local stakeholders to act now to help families lift
themselves out of these circumstances. Policies at the community, county
and state level that can have a significant impact on the lives of
children in struggling families include:
Solutions to uplift these communities are not far out of reach, and
they would have significant positive effects both for children and youth
and for our country as a while, said Scot Spencer, associate director
of advocacy and influence at the Casey Foundation. Strong neighborhoods
foster stable families and healthy children.
September 24, 2019