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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010


Table 4.

Percentage of children under age 18 living in poverty, by living arrangements and race/ethnicity with Hispanic and Asian subgroups: 2007


      Living arrangement
  All children related to householder   Married parents   Female parent, no spouse present   Male parent, no spouse present
       
Race/ethnicity and subgroup      
Total1 17.5   8.1   41.4   19.7
White 10.1   5.0   31.4   14.5
Black 34.1   11.2   48.6   28.4
Hispanic 27.1   17.7   48.7   24.3
Mexican 28.6   20.4   50.5   25.1
Puerto Rican 31.6   10.4   52.1   27.1
Cuban 12.7   7.0   28.6   13.4
Dominican 34.1   13.6   50.9   23.0
Salvadoran 19.8   10.9   41.8   17.3
Other Central American 25.1   14.9   45.6   24.3
South American 14.3   9.1   29.8   17.6
Other Hispanic or Latino 20.9   9.4   43.0   23.8
Asian 11.1   8.1   30.6   15.8
Asian Indian 7.5   6.4   21.3   20.1
Chinese2 10.5   8.4   26.1   17.8
Filipino 5.0   2.7   16.3   7.9
Japanese 9.9   7.3   25.4   41.7
Korean 10.8   7.4   36.1   9.0
Vietnamese 15.2   10.6   35.7   15.4
Other Asian 19.9   14.8   45.0   19.3
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 25.6   18.6   37.7   35.6
American Indian/Alaska Native 32.7   17.9   51.5   30.5
Two or more races 17.9   5.2   38.5   19.8
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
2 Excludes Taiwanese. Taiwanese is included in the "Other Asian" category.
NOTE: Children are classified by either their parent's marital status or, if no parents are present in the household, by the marital status of the related householder. Poverty information was available for children who were related to the householder. Therefore, this table excludes any children who were not related to the householder or who are recorded as the householder or spouse of the householder. To define poverty, the U.S. Census Bureau utilizes a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition. A family, along with each individual in it, is considered poor if the family’s total income is less than that family’s threshold. The poverty thresholds do not vary geographically and are adjusted annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index. The official poverty definition counts money income before taxes and does not include capital gains and noncash benefits (such as public housing, Medicaid, and food stamps). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2007.
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