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USDA: Rural Child Poverty Most Concentrated in Mississippi Delta Region
USAgNet - 04/19/2018

About one in four rural children in the United States were poor in 2016, compared to about one in five of urban children.

Newly released USDA data shows that 41 counties in the U.S. had child poverty rates of 50 percent or higher on average between 2012 and 2016.

Thirty-eight of these counties were rural counties, heavily clustered in the South. The rural counties with the highest child poverty rates were Mellette County, South Dakota (70.9 percent); Issaquena County, Mississippi (68.7 percent); and East Carroll Parish, Louisiana (68.4 percent).

Thirteen of the rural counties with child poverty rates of 50 percent or higher were in Mississippi --mainly along the Mississippi Delta region where child poverty rates have been persistently high, particularly among the black or African American child population.

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