Where children live and grow has a significant impact on their current state of well-being and their future opportunities for success. In its first data snapshot of the year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT explores the increased number of children living in America’s high-poverty communities. In North Carolina, one in ten children under the age of 18 lives in high-poverty communities. These children are less likely to have access to the supports they need for healthy growth and development–resources like high-performing schools, quality medical care, safe outdoor space where they can play or even grocery stores stocked with nutritious foods.
Action for Children created an interactive map visualizing communities where children are most likely to live in concentrated poverty. Click-through the map to access total poverty data by census tract. Circle size indicates the number of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods. Circle color indicates the proportion of children living in concentrated poverty, with deeper shades of blue representing a larger share of that county’s child population.
View the KIDS COUNT data snapshot online here.