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Latino Daily News

Friday March 18, 2011

Majority of Children in Puerto Rico Live in Poverty

Majority of Children in Puerto Rico Live in Poverty

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A recent report from the National Council of La Raza paints a grim picture for the youth of Puerto Rico:  56% live in poverty, they have highest rate of teen births, and the highest rate in U.S. of teens not attending school or working.

The fact that 56% of all Puerto Rican children live in poverty is more than triple the rate in the rest of the U.S.  The start of life for these same children is also grim, with 2007 statistics showing 11% of newborns weighing less than 5.5lb.  In addition Puerto Rican women are more susceptible to premature births.

One of the culprits behind these grim statistics is that average household income on the island is $20,975 versus $60,764 for mainland U.S.  In addition a near majority of Puerto Rican children live in single-parent households.