11% of Florida’s Children Live in Concentrated Poverty

A new report shows 459,000 Florida children, 11% of children in the state, live in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. Florida is showing modest improvements, dropping four percentage points from its all-time high of 15% in 2014. It is among 29 states and the District of Columbia that have shown improvements in the number of kids living in extreme poverty, according to the latest Kids Count data snapshot by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. However, Norin Dollard, director of Florida Kids Count, said children of color are disproportionately impacted.

The report defined concentrated poverty as 30% or more of the population living below the poverty line. Experts say those conditions pose great risks to child development.

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