Dramatic decline in child poverty in the United States for a quarter of a century

Quietly, the trend is historic across the United States: in a quarter of a century, child poverty has fallen by 59% in the country, according to a large survey conducted by Child Trends, an association for the protection of childhood, relayed by the New York Times.

For years, the United States was a counter-model among the rich countries, “leaving millions of children without such basic protections as food aid or housing assistance”, recalls the New York daily. This drop in poverty is confirmed “on almost all fronts”, applying “in about the same proportions to white, black, Hispanic or Asian children, living with one or two parents”, according to the results of the survey. Extreme poverty has also fallen “in almost identical proportions”.

Three times the risks

In 1993, 28% of American children (19.4 million) lived below the poverty line, compared to 11% (8.4 million) in 2019, before the pandemic and the entry into force of exceptional household aid. The poverty line in the United States is set at 2

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