Economy

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.

Source: American Community Survey (ACS) Single-year estimates; Confidence interval: 90 percent

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

The child poverty rate increased dramatically nationwide because of the Great Recession and has yet to return to pre-recession levels. However, 2019 marked the seventh consecutive year rates declined across the country. Nationally, 16.8 percent of children – roughly 12 million – lived in families with incomes below the poverty line in 2019, down from nearly 23 percent in 2012, representing approximately 4.5 million  fewer kids in poverty.

Southern Nevada's percentage of children in poverty has also fallen over the same time period. However, the region still has much work to do to return to pre-recession levels, when its child poverty rate hovered around 15 percent and was well below the national rate. The estimated 17.7 percent of children in poverty in Southern Nevada in 2019 translates to roughly 90,000 kids under 18 for which poverty status has been determined. One-third of the census tracts in the region have child poverty rates of greater than 25 percent.

The official federal poverty level in 2019 was $25,750 for a family of two adults and two children.