Child poverty rates rise in many counties

The Columbus Dispatch

August 5, 2011


The number of Ohio counties with at least 25 percent of children living in poverty doubled in one year, from 15 in 2008 to 31 in 2009, according to a report from the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. That represents more than a third of the state. It also includes Franklin County, where the child-poverty rate was 26.2 percent, up from 20 percent the previous year. Renuka Mayadev, executive director of the children’s advocacy organization, said the county-by-county increases were so sharp that researchers reviewing 2009 poverty estimates from the U.S. Census were surprised.
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