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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 33: Poverty

Figure 33. Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds in poverty, by race/ethnicity: Various years, 1985 to 2002

Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds in poverty, by race/ethnicity: Various years, 1985 to 2002
1Hispanics may be of any race.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Poverty in the United States, various years.

The percentage of all people in poverty increased from 14 percent to 15 percent between 1990 and 1993, decreased to 11 percent in 2000, and then increased to 12 percent in 2002. The percentage of children under 18 in poverty increased from 21 percent in 1990 to 23 percent in 1993, and then declined to 17 percent in 2002. The percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds in poverty showed no consistent pattern of change during 1985 to 2002. Since 1985, the percentage of male 18- to 24-year-olds in poverty has been consistently lower than the percentage of females the same ages in poverty. In 2002, 14 percent of males and 20 percent of females ages 18 to 24 were in poverty. The poverty rates for Black and Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds decreased between 1985 and 2002. Despite these decreases, in 2002, the percent of White 18-to 24-year-olds in poverty (14 percent) was lower than that of their Black (28 percent) and Hispanic (21 percent) 18- to 24-year-old peers.


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