Latino Children Living in Poverty
More Latino children are living in poverty-6.1 million in 2010-than children of any other racial or ethnic group. This marks the first time in U.S. history that the single largest group of poor children is not white. In 2010, 37.3% of poor children were Latino, 30.5% were white and 26.6% were black, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. In 2016, Latino children accounted for one-fourth of U.S. children under age 18, and by 2050 they are projected to make up nearly one-third of the child population. Of the 18.2 million Latino children currently living in the United States, 95 percent are U.S.-born citizens.
The National Latino Children’s Institute understands young Latino children have made improvements in education and health coverage. These trends vary depending on the migration pattern of Latinos and their age. Some fare better than others depending on how long some have lived in the United States. It is important that all become familiar with the challenges that unemployment, poverty, and education have on this growing workforce of the future and ensure that our nation addresses and does not ignore the disparities for young Latinos in education, health, safety and
employment… so all can grow to become productive contributors to our nation.
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