Thursday, July 16, 2015
Webinar: The Geography of the Recent Growth in Rural Child Poverty
Child poverty in rural (nonmetropolitan) areas grew by over 5% between 1999 and 2013, to affect over 25% of rural children. This growth was uneven across rural counties: child poverty increased by over 10 percent in some counties, but declined in others. This presentation examines 3 factors affecting rural child poverty over the period: changing economic opportunities, rising young-adult education levels, and increasing proportion of children in single-parent households. While a decline in high school dropout rates among young adults was associated with lower child poverty rates, weak or declining local economies and substantial increases in single-parent households were associated with higher child poverty rates.
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