Census Bureau tracks child poverty rates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Census Bureau says that more than 15 million children were in poverty last year.

In a new survey, the Bureau said poverty rates for children ranged from a low of 10 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 25 percent or more in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

New Jersey was among a group of states ranging from 12.5 to 16.5 percent, the Bureau study says.

In addition, while white and Asian children had poverty rates below the national average, black children had the highest poverty rate at 38.2 percent, the report stated.

The poverty rate for Hispanic children was 32.3 percent, and children identified with two or more races had 22.7 percent living in poverty.

The data on child poverty rates was among a wealth of new survey material released by the Census Bureau covering a variety of subjects:

* Foreign-Born residents with Science and Engineering Degrees

* Newly Arrived Foreign-Born Population of the United States

* Disability Characteristics of School-Age Children

Under the topic of foreign-born holders of science and engineering degrees, the Bureau found that 27 percent (9.1 million) had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 28 percent (48.5 million) of the native-born population.

Under the category of the newly arrived foreign-born, California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and Illinois each had more than
1 million foreign-born residents and accounted for 65 percent of all American residents born in another country in 2010.

Census Bureau tracks child poverty rates