Special Report

Big Cities With the Worst Child Poverty Rates

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45. Lafayette, LA
> Child poverty rate: 25.9%
> Median family income, households with children: $65,506 — 151st lowest of 378 metros
> Share of households with children receiving SNAP benefits: 24.1% — 93rd highest of 378 metros
> Households headed by single mothers: 13.9% — 82nd highest of 378 metros

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44. The Villages, FL
> Child poverty rate: 25.9%
> Median family income, households with children: $51,181 — 20th lowest of 378 metros
> Share of households with children receiving SNAP benefits: 28.0% — 44th highest of 378 metros
> Households headed by single mothers: 3.2% — the lowest of 378 metros

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43. Ocala, FL
> Child poverty rate: 26.1%
> Median family income, households with children: $49,422 — 13th lowest of 378 metros
> Share of households with children receiving SNAP benefits: 30.0% — 21st highest of 378 metros
> Households headed by single mothers: 10.7% — 138th lowest of 378 metros

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42. Jackson, TN
> Child poverty rate: 26.1%
> Median family income, households with children: $52,374 — 26th lowest of 378 metros
> Share of households with children receiving SNAP benefits: 26.0% — 64th highest of 378 metros
> Households headed by single mothers: 15.3% — 47th highest of 378 metros

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41. Merced, CA
> Child poverty rate: 26.2%
> Median family income, households with children: $52,907 — 31st lowest of 378 metros
> Share of households with children receiving SNAP benefits: 30.6% — 18th highest of 378 metros
> Households headed by single mothers: 16.1% — 34th highest of 378 metros

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