The Anne E. Casey Foundation’s annual report known as the Kids Count Data Book has revealed that while the national average of children living in poverty as of 2010 was 22 percent, the percentage of Hispanic children living in poverty is substantially higher at 32 percent.
In 2000, the official child poverty rate, which is a conservative mea- sure of economic hardship, was 17 percent. From 2000 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty jumped from 12.2 million to 15.7 million, an increase of nearly 30 percent. The additional 3.5 million children living in poverty is nearly equivalent to the entire population of the city of Los Angeles.
Using data from the 2010 U.S. Census, other key findings in the report include:
- 40% of Hispanic chlldren’s parents lacked secure employment (National average: 33%)
- 11% of Hispanic teens were neither in school nor working (National average: 9%)
- 80% of Hispanic 8th-graders were not proficient in math (National average: 66%)
- 82% of Hispanic 4th-graders were not proficient in reading (National average: 68%)
- 34% of Hispanic high school students not graduating on time in 2008/2009 school year (National average: 24%)
- 14% of Hispanic children had no health insurance in 2010 (National average: 8%)