Districts with most school-age children living in poverty, 2017

April 2, 2019
2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau identify the school systems with the greatest numbers of children aged 5 to 17 living in poverty.

More than 9.4 million children in the United States aged 5 to 17 years old were in families living in poverty in 2017, statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau say.

That's a little more than one-sixth of children that age, according to data from the Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program.

The New York City Education Department, the nation's largest public school system, also had the most children living in poverty in 2017—304,745.

Large, urban districts make up the list of the districts with the greatest numbers of school-age children living in poverty.

Of the 10 districts with the most school-age children living in poverty, the percentage ranges from about 17.2 percent in Broward County, Fla., to 45.3 percent in Detroit.

Here is the list of the 10 districts with the greatest numbers of children aged 5 to 17 years old living in poverty in 2017.

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