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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