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Tri-State’s child poverty rates improved in 2019, but will COVID-19 crisis erase gains?

Lucy May, WCPO |

Poverty eased its grip on Greater Cincinnati’s children in 2019, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest American Community Survey found that 16.8% of children across the Tri-State – nearly 86,000 kids — lived below the federal poverty level last year.

The rates are lower than they were in 2014, giving advocates hope that a strong economy and a focus on reducing poverty can make a difference.

But the new estimates are based on 2019 data and do not reflect the COVID-19 economic crisis or the thousands of families struggling in its wake.

A family of four is considered poor under federal guidelines if their household income is $26,200 per year or less.

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