Nevada Demographics of Young, Poor Children

All Children

Low-Income

Poor

Young Children

Low-Income

Poor

For 2016, the federal poverty threshold is $24,339 for a family of four with two children. Children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold are referred to as poor. But research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty threshold to meet their basic needs. The United States measures poverty by an outdated standard developed in the 1960s.

In Nevada, there are 141,707 families with 213,164 young children

Poor Children: 21% (45,385) of young children live in poor families (National: 19%).

Parental Employement

  • 29% (13,291) of young children in poor families have at least one parent who is employed full-time, year-round compared to 80% (135,017) of young children in non-poor families.
  • 44% (20,072) of young children in poor families have at least one parent who is employed either part-year or part-time compared to 16% (26,280) of young children in non-poor families.
  • 26% (12,022) of young children in poor families do not have an employed parent compared to 4% (6,482) of young children in non-poor families.

Parental Education

  • 50% (13,077) of young children whose parents do not have a high school degree live in poor families.
  • 28% (15,273) of young children whose parents have a high school degree, but no college education live in poor families.
  • 13% (17,035) of young children whose parents have some college or more live in poor families.

Parental Marital Status

  • 66% (29,730) of young children in poor families live with a single parent.
  • 31% (51,826) of young children in not poor families live with a single parent.

Child’s Race/Ethnicity

  • 12% (9,262) of young white children live in poor families.
  • 39% (8,239) of young black children live in poor families.
  • 27% (23,011) of young Hispanic children live in poor families.
  • 12% (1,339) of young Asian children live in poor families.
  • 37% (689) of young American Indian children live in poor families.

Child’s Age

  • 22% (22,406) of young children, under age 3, live in poor families.
  • 21% (22,979) of young children, ages 3 through 5, live in poor families.

Residential Move

  • 35% (15,842) of young children in poor families moved in the last year.
  • 22% (37,655) of young children in not poor families moved in the last year.

Parental Nativity

  • 24% (16,600) of young children of immigrant parents live in poor families.
  • 20% (28,785) of young children of native-born parents live in poor families.

Home Ownership

  • 17% (7,540) of young children in poor families live in owner-occupied housing.
  • 53% (88,336) of young children in not poor families live in owner-occupied housing.

Parental Presence

  • 6% (2,760) of poor young children live in families with no parent present.
  • 6% (9,498) of not poor young children live in families with no parent present.

Data Notes and Sources

Because of rounding, not all figures will add up to 100%.

National data were calculated from the 2018 American Community Survey, representing information from 2018. State data were calculated from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey, representing information from the years 2014 to 2018.

Definitions

The demographic findings on this page were calculated using federal poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more information about federal poverty thresholds, see the US Census website.

Child
A child is defined as an individual under the age of 18. Children living independently, living with a spouse, living in group quarters, and children ages 14 and under living with only unrelated adults are excluded from these data.
Low Income
Families and children are defined as low-income if the family income is less than twice the federal poverty threshold (see Poor).
Parent
A parent is defined as an individual over the age of 17 who lives with a dependent child. Among children who do not live with at least one parent, parental characteristics are those of the householder and/or the householder's spouse.
Poor
Families and children are defined as poor if family income is below the federal poverty threshold. The federal poverty threshold for a family of four with two children was $25,100 in 2018, $24,600 in 2017, $24,300 in 2016, $24,250 in 2015, and $23,850 in 2014.

For definitions of other terms, please refer to Explanations of Terms and Data Sources.