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How many children live in poverty in your state?

There’s no doubt that the United States is a global leader, but that doesn’t mean it’s a nation without challenges. Citizens from all walks of life struggle with wealth distribution and social welfare, and depend on resources that alleviate these chronic issues. In 2016, the official poverty rate was 12.7%, with a total of 40.6 million Americans living in poverty. Eighteen percent of children in the country live in poverty: approximately 13.3 million kids under the age of 18.

There is further disparity among the number of children living in poverty per state. Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, LIFT, and Save the Children are just a few charities dedicated to improving the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable.

Stacker sifted through data from the U.S. Census SAIPE State and County Estimates for 2016 to find the number of children who live in poverty in each state. The data is further split with numbers of children in poverty in the 0–4 and 5–17 age groups.

Keep reading to find out how many children live in poverty in your state.

Update, 11/21/18, 12:15 PM: A note of clarification: the values reported in this story reflect estimates determined by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program, not exact counts of the number of children who live in poverty in each state. As a result, the sum of children in the 0–4 and 5–17 age groups may not precisely match the total value reported for a given state.

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#51. Vermont

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 15,614 (13.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 4,561 (15.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 10,384 (12.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $57,661

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Michel Rathwell // Flickr

#50. Wyoming

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 15,846 (11.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 5,078 (13.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 9,774 (10% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $61,686

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Ron Reiring // Wikicommons

#49. North Dakota

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 20,518 (11.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 7,421 (13.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 12,289 (10.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $61,898

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John Phelan // Wikimedia Commons

#48. New Hampshire

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 21,896 (8.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 6,300 (10% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 14,329 (7.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $70,986

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Paxson Woelber // Flickr

#47. Alaska

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 24,897 (13.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 7,919 (15.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 16,061 (12.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $76,144

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Nicolas Raymond // Flickr

#46. District of Columbia

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 32,715 (27.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 10,033 (23.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 21,997 (29% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $74,093

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Anthony Quintano // Flickr

#45. Hawaii

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 33,801 (11.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 10,436 (11.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 21,877 (10.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $74,659

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Jon Platek // Wikicommons

#44. South Dakota

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 34,790 (16.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 11,257 (18.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 22,601 (15.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $54,926

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likeaduck // Flickr

#43. Delaware

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 35,702 (17.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 10,824 (20.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 23,942 (16.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $62,112

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Pruhter // Wikimedia Commons

#42. Montana

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 36,016 (16.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 10,940 (17.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 24,064 (15% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $50,265

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Will Hart // Wikimedia Commons

#41. Rhode Island

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 38,682 (18.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 11,708 (21.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 25,687 (17% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $60,046

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#40. Maine

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 41,428 (16.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 11,695 (18.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 28,137 (15.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $52,926

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Pat Hawks // Flickr

#39. Nebraska

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 64,333 (13.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 20,548 (15.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 41,851 (12.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $56,979

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Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce // Flickr

#38. Idaho

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 71,836 (16.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 22,375 (19.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 47,196 (15% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $51,647

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GoodFreePhotos

#37. West Virginia

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 87,806 (23.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 26,744 (27.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 59,301 (22.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $43,175

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JJBers // Flickr

#36. Connecticut

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 97,462 (13.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 27,362 (15.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 67,644 (12.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $73,380

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Garrett // Wikimedia Commons

#35. Utah

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 100,216 (11% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 31,891 (12.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 65,123 (9.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $65,931

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America's Power //Flickr

#34. Kansas

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 100,996 (14.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 30,377 (16% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 67,810 (13.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $54,828

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JoshWest.com // Flickr

#33. Iowa

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 104,340 (14.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 33,771 (17.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 67,487 (13% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $56,354

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IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

#32. Nevada

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 132,012 (19.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 39,500 (22% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 88,913 (18.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $55,201

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#31. New Mexico

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 134,546 (27.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 39,733 (31.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 93,042 (26.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $46,844

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M.O. Stevens // Wikimedia Commons

#30. Oregon

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 146,609 (17.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 42,457 (18.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 97,096 (15.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $57,379

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Doug Kerr // Wikimedia Commons

#29. Minnesota

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 158,751 (12.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 46,337 (13.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 106,426 (11.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $65,583

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Bruce W. Stracener // Wikimedia Commons

#28. Arkansas

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 165,724 (24% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 50,341 (27.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 112,376 (22.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $44,406

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Larry Johnson // Flickr

#27. Colorado

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 166,581 (13.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 46,111 (13.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 115,917 (12.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $65,718

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Joe Wolf // Flickr

#26. Maryland

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 172,868 (13% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 50,081 (13.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 117,468 (12.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $78,787

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#25. Massachusetts

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 184,610 (13.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 54,952 (15.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 123,789 (12.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $75,207

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GoodFreePhotos

#24. Wisconsin

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 198,425 (15.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 59,988 (18.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 132,061 (14.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $56,808

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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau // Wikimedia Commons

#23. Oklahoma

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 212,700 (22.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 64,653 (24.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 143,615 (21.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $49,204

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NatalieMaynor // Flickr

#22. Mississippi

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 214,012 (30.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 59,513 (32.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 151,716 (29.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $41,793

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Roman Eugeniusz // Wikimedia Commons

#21. Washington

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 222,292 (13.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 66,692 (15% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 146,993 (12.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $67,064

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OPMaster // Wikimedia Commons

#20. Kentucky

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 241,231 (24.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 70,987 (26.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 164,086 (23% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $46,610

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Khanrak // Wikimedia Commons

#19. South Carolina

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 249,108 (23% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 72,788 (25.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 172,272 (21.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $49,587

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Sam valadi // Flickr

#18. Missouri

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 260,867 (19.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 80,199 (22% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 171,750 (17.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $51,713

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Jim // Wikimedia Commons

#17. Virginia

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 262,642 (14.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 73,572 (14.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 180,953 (13.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $68,127

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IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

#16. Alabama

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 267,674 (24.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 78,675 (27.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 185,889 (23.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $46,309

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King of Hearts // Wikimedia Commons

#15. New Jersey

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 283,761 (14.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 81,390 (15.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 197,218 (13.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $76,212

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Jasssmit // Wikimedia Commons

#14. Indiana

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 294,900 (19.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 85,922 (21% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 201,287 (17.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $52,289

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Antrell Williams // Flickr

#13. Louisiana

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 310,392 (28.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 91,982 (30.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 214,016 (27.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $45,374

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GoodFreePhotos

#12. Tennessee

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 333,899 (22.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 102,127 (25.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 226,833 (21.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $48,506

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Alan Stark // Flickr

#11. Arizona

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 377,445 (23.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 106,817 (24.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 263,614 (22.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $53,481

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Ken Lund/ Wikimedia Commons

#10. Michigan

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 444,100 (20.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 133,735 (23.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 297,400 (18.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $52,436

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Jordan // Flickr

#9. Pennsylvania

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 482,298 (18.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 139,441 (20.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 329,959 (17.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $56,897

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John Ashley // Flickr

#8. North Carolina

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 490,775 (21.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 143,903 (24.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 336,152 (20.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $50,595

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Tony Webster // Flickr

#7. Illinois

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 512,256 (17.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 145,710 (19.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 356,538 (16.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $60,977

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Chris Gent // Wikimedia Commons

#6. Ohio

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 521,730 (20.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 160,833 (23.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 348,713 (18.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $52,357

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Reinhard Kraasch // Wikimedia Commons

#5. Georgia

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 572,102 (23.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 172,046 (26.6% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 390,690 (21.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $53,468

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Andrés Nieto Porras // Flickr

#4. New York

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 853,769 (20.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 252,227 (22.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 585,700 (19.8% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $62,700

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Tobias Scheck // Flickr

#3. Florida

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 869,892 (21.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 259,244 (23.5% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 594,181 (20.1% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $50,857

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Alan Botting // Wikimedia Commons

#2. Texas

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 1,616,085 (22.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 481,319 (24.3% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 1,111,489 (21.4% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $56,583

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Glen Bowman // Flickr

#1. California

Children ages 0 to 17 in poverty: 1,782,764 (19.9% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 0 to 4 in poverty: 502,432 (20.7% of all children in this age range in the state)

Children ages 5 to 17 in poverty: 1,242,780 (19.2% of all children in this age range in the state)

Median household income: $67,715

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