DEC. 16, 2021 – The median estimated poverty rate for school-age children in all U.S. school districts in 2020 was 13.2%, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The new data come from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, which provides the only up-to-date, single-year income and poverty statistics for the nation’s 3,142 counties and 13,163 school districts.
SAIPE statistics are used to allocate funding under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. School districts receive Title I funds based on their number and percentage of low-income children. The U.S. Department of Education plans to use the 2020 estimates to calculate fiscal year 2022 allocations for Title I and several other federal education programs to provide funding to states and school districts in the 2022-2023 school year.
Additional tables provide statistics on median household income; the number of people of all ages in poverty; the number of children younger than age 5 in poverty at the state level; the number of children ages 5 to 17 in families in poverty; and the number of children younger than age 18 in poverty. At the school district level, estimates are available for the total population, the number of children ages 5 to 17, and the number of children ages 5 to 17 in families in poverty.
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