Demographics of Young, Poor Children
For 2010, 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. The United States measures poverty by an outdated standard developed in the 1960s.
Young Children in District of Columbia, by Income Level, 2010
In District of Columbia, there are 24,027 families, with 35,356 young children.
Young Poor Children: 29% (10,166) of young children live in poor families (National: 25%), defined as income below 100% of the federal poverty level.
Parents' Employment Status in District of Columbia, by Income Level, 2010
Young Children in Poor Families in District of Columbia, by Parents' Education, 2010
Parental Marital Status
Young Children in Single-Parent Families in District of Columbia, by Income Level, 2010
Young Children in Poor Families in District of Columbia, by Race, 2010
Young Children in Poor Families in District of Columbia, by Age, 2010
Young Children Who Have Recently Moved in District of Columbia, by Income Level, 2010
Data Notes and Sources
Last Updated: June 5, 2012
* This estimate should be used with caution. It may be unreliable due to a small sample size.
Some graphs may not be shown because of extremely small sample sizes.
Because of rounding, not all figures will add up to 100%.
National data were calculated from the 2010 American Community Survey, representing information from 2010. State data were calculated from the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, representing information from the years 2008 to 2010.
- Low Income
- Families and children are defined as low-income if the family income is less than twice the federal poverty threshold (see Poor).
- Among children who do not live with at least one parent, parental characteristics are those of the householder and/or the householder's spouse.
- Families and children are defined as poor if family income is below the federal poverty threshold. The federal poverty level for a family of four with two children was $22,350 in 2011, $22,050 in 2010, and $22,050 in 2009.
- Young Child
- A young child is defined as an individual under the age of 6. Children living in group quarters and children living with only unrelated adults are excluded from these data.
The federal poverty guidelines are issued annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The demographic findings on this page were calculated using a more complex version of the federal poverty measurethe thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more information about federal poverty measures, see The 2010 HHS Poverty Guidelines.
For definitions of other terms, please refer to Explanations of Terms and Data Sources.