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Nebraska sees historic low for child poverty rates

Posted at 1:02 PM, Sep 26, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the American Community Survey on child poverty rates.

The data shows good news in regards to Nebraska. The amount of children living in poverty in the state is down 1.2 percent from 2017 to 2018 with 12.9 percent of Nebraska's kids living below the poverty line. This is the lowest poverty rate in the state since the collection of the data started. Promising decreases were also seen for black and African American children, Hispanic children, and children living in low-income households.

While Nebraska’s poverty rates are moving in the right direction, significant disparities remain among children of color, with 24.3 percent of Hispanic children and 30 percent of black and African American children living in poverty compared to 8.2 percent of their White, non-Hispanic peers.

Information received from Voices for Children in Nebraska.