Most poor children are white, live in small cities, suburbs or rural areas and come from working families, says a new report on child poverty by the Children's Defense Fund. The report, "Child Poverty in America," points out that:
Nearly half of poor children live in families in which the father is present. This is true even though children who live in female-headed families are far more likely than others to be poor.
Most poor families with children have one or more workers, often working only part-time or part of the year. Many are poor even though the head of the family has a full-time job.
During the 1980s, child poverty rates grew the fastest among Hispanic children. Roughly half of all children who joined the ranks of the poor between 1979 and 1989 were Hispanic.
Even if the United States had no children in single-parent families, it would still have one of the highest child-poverty rates among all industrialized countries.