Why it Matters:
Across the nation, families are struggling to make ends meet. Many parents are unable to provide their children with the basic food, clothing and medical care they need. Children who live in poverty are more likely to have low academic achievement and health, behavioral and emotional problems. This measure shows the share of children under age 18 who live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.