Is there a lesson in all this? Is there a key to focusing on the poverty problem? What, if anything, do these numbers tell us about a strong family unit?
Single Mothers and Children, 2014
More than 15.5 million children lived in poverty in 2014, more than two out of five of whom (43.8 percent) lived in extreme poverty. More than one in five (21.1 percent) children were poor.
Poverty rates were particularly high, at more than one in three, for black (37.1 percent) and Native American (35.3 percent) children, and more than three in ten for Hispanic (31.9 percent) and foreign-born (31.1 percent) children.
The poverty rate was 14.0 percent for Asian American children and 12.3 percent for white, non-Hispanic children. The poverty rate for female-headed families with children was 39.8 percent, compared to 22.0 percent for male-headed families with children, and 8.2 percent for families with children headed by a married couple.
Nearly half of black female-headed families with children (45.6 percent), Hispanic female-headed families with children (46.3 percent), foreign-born female-headed families with children (44.8 percent), and more than half of Native American female headed families with children (56.9 percent) were poor.
The poverty rate was 32.0 percent for white, non-Hispanic female-headed families with children and 28.9 percent for Asian American female-headed families with children.
Over half of all poor children (56.7 percent) lived in families headed by women. Nearly 666,000 single women with children (14.0 percent) who worked full time, year round in 2014 lived in poverty.
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