Number of U.S. Children in Poverty is Shocking

orphans-411949_1280We’ve always known there are children in America living in poverty, but the actual number of children living in poverty might surprise you.

Take a snapshot of the U.S. today, and you’ll find that 22 percent of all childrenĀ live in families that are below the federal poverty level. But what happens when you look at how American children fare throughout their pre-adult lives? It’s nearly twice as bad.

Almost 40 percent of American children spend at least one year in poverty before they turn 18, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

Find out more at CBS Money Watch.

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