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How many children live in poverty in your state?

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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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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    #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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