The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Center has been updated to include poverty data from the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS) that was just released. The Data Center for the first time breaks down child poverty rates for those living below the federal poverty level, by state, city and congressional district.
As a result of the recession and growing unemployment, there is a significant rise in the national child poverty rate, jumping from 18 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2009.
In Pennsylvania, 17 percent or 467,000 children lived in poverty in 2009. This is an increase of 12,000 children since 2008 and of 20,000 children since 2007.
In Philadelphia, 13 percent (119,000) children were living below the poverty level in 2009. This is an increase of 7,000 children in one year.
Nationally there are 14.7 million children in households with incomes below the poverty level, 1.6 million more than in 2007. There is a wide range in child poverty rates across congressional districts nationwide, from a high of 49 percent in New York's Congressional District 16 to a low of 3 percent in New Jersey's Congressional District 11 and Pennsylvania's Congressional District 8.
For more information see the KIDS COUNT Data Center, which contains maps and graphs of the latest data on poverty, health insurance coverage, and more than 100 other indicators of child well-being.