Children in Poverty

Research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to a child's well-being, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP). It can inhibit ability to learn, as well as contribute to social, emotional, health, and behavioral problems.

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Child poverty rate in
Clark County in 2016


Child poverty rate in
Nevada in 2016


Child poverty rate in
the U.S. in 2016

Southern Nevada's child poverty rate improving, on par with state and national averages

The child poverty rate in the U.S. increased dramatically because of the economic crisis and has yet to return to pre-recession levels. However, 2016 marked the fourth consecutive year rates declined. Nationally, 19.5 percent of children – roughly 14 million – lived in families with incomes below the poverty line in 2016, down from nearly 23 percent in 2012, representing approximately 2.5 million fewer kids in poverty.

Southern Nevada's percentage of children in poverty has also fallen four consecutive years. However, the region still has much work to do to return to pre-recession levels, when its child poverty rate was consistently below 15 percent and well below the national rate. The estimated 19.9 percent of children in poverty in Southern Nevada in 2016 translates to roughly 98,000 kids under 18 for which poverty status has been determined. One-third of the block groups in the region have child poverty rates of greater than 25 percent, and one in ten have rates above 50 percent (see map below).

The official federal poverty level in 2016 was $24,339 for a family of two adults and two children.

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Source: American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates (2012-2016); Confidence level: 90 percent

About the data

The U.S. Census Bureau provides poverty data from several household surveys and programs. Here you can find poverty estimates, learn about these surveys and programs, and get guidance on how to choose the right estimate for your needs. The above data provides the percentage of children (younger than 18) living below 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL).

The American Community Survey (ACS), administered by the Census Bureau, offers comprehensive information on social, economic, and housing characteristics and because of its large sample size – about 2.9 million addresses per year – the ACS is useful for subnational analyses, serving as the best source for survey-based state level income and poverty estimates.

The ACS provides single-year estimates of income and poverty for all places, counties, and metropolitan areas with a population of at least 65,000 as well as the nation and the states, and provides estimates for all geographies, including census tracts and block groups using data pooled over a five-year period. Both single and five-year estimates are updated every year.

To learn more about child poverty rates in Southern Nevada or for additional information on the data presented above, contact Southern Nevada Strong.

Last updated: August 2018