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Nearly Half of South Florida’s Children Living in Poverty

A recent study done by the U.S. Census Bureau suggested that 44 percent of South Florida’s children are living in poverty. The study consisted of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties and showed that more than half a million children under the age of 18 live in low-income households. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University, a single mother with one child that makes an annual income of $30,260 or less is considered a low-income household.

South Florida was one of the hardest hit areas in the country during the recession. The median household income fell 14 percent in five years, according to Census data. The median household income in Broward and Palm Beach counties fell to approximately $48,900 in 2011. Also, the number of people on food stamps in Broward and Palm Beach counties has almost tripled since 2007. Families in South Florida have reportedly cut $10,000 out of their budget in the past two years. Younger parents have been hit the hardest since they typically earn less than older parents. South Florida’s poverty rates are consistent with the nation’s average, because approximately 45 percent of children under the age of 18, nationwide, are living in low-income households.

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