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Latest Census Data Shows More Children Living in Poverty

9/29/2005:   The poverty rate for children younger than 18 in the United States is on the rise, jumping from 16.1% in 2000 to 17.8% in 2004, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The U.S. Census Bureau released the data and other national poverty statistics last month, showing poverty rose in nearly every category in the United States between 2000 and 2004: from 9.6% in 2000 to 11% for families in 2004; 7.5% to 8.6% for white, non-Hispanics; 22.1% to 24.7% for blacks; and 21.2% to 21.9% for Hispanics.

Meanwhile, the poverty rate decreased for Asian Americans, from 10.7% to 9.8%, and for Americans 65 and older, from 10.2% to 9.8%.

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