Slight Improvement in Indiana Childhood Poverty

Posted: Updated:
A new national report shows slight improvement for number of Indiana children living in poverty. (Image ctsy of Pixabay) A new national report shows slight improvement for number of Indiana children living in poverty. (Image ctsy of Pixabay)

There’s good news in the fight against childhood poverty in Indiana, but advocates say more work needs to be done. According to a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the percentage of children living in concentrated poverty in Indiana is decreasing.

Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 10 percent of Hoosier children live in concentrated poverty, down from 13 percent five years ago. For the purpose of this study, researchers measured the number of children living in a neighborhood where 30 percent or more of the population is living in poverty. 

Regionally, Indiana and Illinois are tied for the lowest percentage of children living in concentrated poverty compared to neighboring states.

“This is good news, but there is more work to do to ensure all Hoosier children can thrive,” said Tami Silverman, president and CEO of Indiana Youth Institute. 

Silverman says the poverty snapshot from the Casey Foundation arrived the same week that a report from the American Community Survey found a much higher percentage of Indiana children living in poverty; more than 18 percent, based on 2018 data.

“We must understand the disparities in the data and work together to improve the conditions that foster the success of all children,” said Silverman.

The report shows nearly 12 percent of all children in the U.S. live in neighbors where concentrated poverty exists.

Click here to read the full report from the Annie B. Casey Foundation.

  • Perspectives

    • Ahh…Yes! Turning a Hot Mess into a Cool Breeze

      "Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them," is attributed to Einstein over 75 years ago. This still holds true, particularly in challenging communications. Many people address conflict at the level it was created by rehashing and building more evidence for their ‘side’ of an argument. Repeating a position tends to intensify the separation of people.



Company Name:
Confirm Email:
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections


  • Most Popular Stories

    • The IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering will now be named for Fred Luddy for his $60M gift. (photo courtesy James Brosher/IU)

      $60M Gift to IU, Second Largest in School History

      An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.

    • POET ethanol co. announced in Aug 2019 it was closing the plant in Cloverdale. (photo courtesy: POET)

      Cloverdale Ethanol Plant Closes

      South Dakota-based POET LLC, the nation’s largest biofuels producer, is moving forward with a plan to shut down its biorefining plant in Cloverdale, leaving 50 Hoosiers without jobs effective Friday. The company tells Inside INdiana Business that it is not making any changes to the plans announced two months ago. 

    • Chrissy Vasquez and Adam Ramsey

      Indy Reads Adds Staff

      Indy Reads Books has hired Chrissy Vasquez (pictured) as chief development officer to oversee marketing, development and the store. Also, Adam Ramsey (pictured) has been named manager of engagement, specializing in story telling through video and social media. Vasquez previously served as executive director and vice president of operations for Back on My Feet.  

    • The multi-year road project stretched from Bloomington to Indianapolis.

      I-69 Road Project Update

      The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled three public meetings for next week to update the community on the I-69 Section 6 road project.    Section 6 is an approximately $1.5 billion new interstate project stretching from Martinsville to I-465 in Indianapolis.

    • Bob Stutz

      New Role For Salesforce Exec

      After three years on the job, Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer Bob Stutz is moving into a new role. Stutz, who will remain in Indianapolis, is now executive vice president of strategic partners at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM).  Since arriving in Indianapolis, Stutz has overseen the establishment of the company’s regional headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, which included the Salesforce name being placed atop the state’s tallest building.