Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Poverty

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In Sacramento County, children, and particularly minority children, are most impacted by poverty.  The county had experienced a slight downturn in the percentage of children living in poverty in 2007, however, the figure is back on the rise and more than 1 in 5 children are living in poverty in Sacramento County.  (Poverty level is determined based on income and number of people in the household. Detailed information on the poverty scale can be found at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.)  

 

Poverty by Race/Ethnicity

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Why is this important?

  • Children who experience persistent poverty are more likely to experience a lower quality of life as adults, including poorer health, educational attainment, and employment outcomes.

How are we doing?

  • More than 100,000 children, youth and young adults under the age of 25 are living in poverty in Sacramento County.  
  • Across all ages, non-white populations remain particularly impacted by poverty (less than 12% of the white population live in poverty, whereas 15% of the Asian population and more than 20% of both Hispanic and African American populations live in poverty).
  • Youth are particularly hard hit by poverty.  23% of children under the age of 6 live in poverty in Sacramento County.
  • For children under the age of 18, more than 1 in every 5 (21%) live in poverty.  For African American children the rate is 35%, Hispanic children 29%, Asian children 21%, and white children 16%.

 


 Families in Poverty

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Why is this important?

  • Children who experience persistent poverty are more likely to experience a lower quality of life as adults, including poorer health, educational attainment, and employment outcomes.

How are we doing?

  • Single-parent households are more than 3 times as likely to be living in poverty as married couple families.
  • Nearly 200,000 (17%) families with children live in poverty in Sacramento County.
  • Single-parents are particularly challenged.  Nearly 30% of single-parents raise their children in poverty, and for single-mother households the number rises to 33%.

 


Free and Reduced Priced Meals

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Why is this important?

  • Children in families at less than 185% of poverty are eligible for reduced priced school meals; at less than 130% of poverty, children are eligible for free school meals.
  • Without Free/Reduced Priced meals, many children would not achieve adequate nutritional intake, or would even go without eating on any given day.

How are we doing?

  • In Sacramento County, nearly 6 in 10 children receive free and/or reduced priced meals.
  • The percentage of students receiving free/reduced priced meals has been increasing steadily throughout the past decade in both Sacramento County and California as a whole.
  • Although more than half (58%) of students receive free/reduced priced lunches, California's food Policy Advocates estimates that only 38% of eligible low income students also receive a school breakfast. 

 

Data Source Poverty:U.S. Census

Data Source Free/Reduced Priced Meals:California Department of Education

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 12:22  
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