Minnesota child poverty nearly doubled during last decade
As the stock market rises and unemployment decreases, it's easy to lose sight of just how far the now-possibly-recovering economy fell from the pre-September 11 heights of a decade ago.
Here's a reminder -- since 2001, the number of Minnesota children living in high-poverty neighborhoods has nearly doubled. A decade ago, 35,000 Minnesota children were living amid poverty, but as of last year, that number had shot up to 68,000.
That means 5 percent of Minnesota children now live amid poverty, compared to 3 percent a decade ago.
The study, conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, defined "high-poverty neighborhood" as areas where at least 30 percent of the residents live below the federal poverty level, which is about $22,000 for a family of four.
Despite the near-doubling number of children living in high-poverty areas over the past decade, Minnesota is still doing better than most of the rest of the country. Nationally, 11 percent of children live amid poverty.
It's something to keep in mind amid all the economic recovery talk. Things may be getting better, but lots of damage has been done. And for the 99 percent, economic recovery is best measured in terms of poverty rates, not the Dow Jones industrial average.
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