Census Bureau reports that children were more likely than adults to experience episodic poverty, chronic poverty between 2013-2016

An analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) found that 44 percent of children under age 18 experienced episodic poverty–poverty lasting at least two consecutive months–between 2013 and 2016. Seniors aged 65 and older had the lowest rate of episodic poverty at 15.8 percent, with working-age adults (18-64) falling in between at 33.6 percent. Over the 2013-2016 period, the median number of consecutive months that children experienced poverty was 11.8 months. Children under 18 years old were also most likely to experience chronic poverty–that is, living in poverty every month of the 2013-2016 period. An estimated 4.6 percent of children were in chronic poverty, as compared to 2.4 percent of working-age adults and 1.5 percent of seniors.