USDA: RURAL CHILD POVERTY WAS MOST CONCENTRATED IN MISSISSIPPI DELTA
Dec. 31, 2018
Source: USDA news release
About one in four (23.5 percent) rural children in the United States were poor in 2016, compared to about one in five (20.5 percent) of urban children.
Forty-one counties in the U.S. had child poverty rates of 50 percent or higher on average between 2012 and 2016. Thirty-eight of these counties were rural (nonmetro) counties, heavily clustered in the South (31 out of 38).
The rural counties with the highest child poverty rates were Mellette County, South Dakota (70.9 percent); Issaquena County, Mississippi (68.7 percent); and East Carroll Parish, Louisiana (68.4 percent).
Thirteen of the rural counties with child poverty rates of 50 percent or higher were in Mississippi-mainly along the Mississippi Delta region where child poverty rates have been persistently high, particularly among the black or African American child population.
This chart appears in the ERS topic page for Rural Poverty & Well-being, updated April 2018. This Chart of Note originally was published April 18, 2018 and is among those deemed worthy of a second look as part of our Editors' Picks 2018.