STATEWIDE – The state of Maine has the 7th lowest level of children living in poverty
According to 24/7 Wall Street, the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey shows Maine has just under 35,000 children in poverty and is in the top half of the country in the child poverty rate.
Douglas McIntyre, the editor-in-chief of 24/7 Wall Street, says poverty has a significant impact on children as they grow up.
“They tend to be less healthy, they tend to be in areas where there’s more crime, they’re less likely to go to high school and college, less likely to graduate,” McIntyre said. “It really points forward and tells you what’s likely to happen as they move forward with their lives.”
Maine was also in the top half of the country in the state poverty rate and percentage of families with income below $10,000 a year.