Child Poverty Declines Slightly in 2018 to 18 Percent

New research from the Carsey School utilizes 2018 American Community Survey data released last week to estimate changes in child poverty since 2017. The data snapshot shows that 18 percent of children are still poor, although rates have finally returned to pre-recession levels. Poverty continues to be lowest in suburban areas and higher in cities and rural places. Changes in Maine child poverty were not statistically significant between 2017 and 2018.