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.