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Original article URL: http://bridgemi.com/2013/01/report-details-surge-in-child-poverty-in-detroit/
24 January 2013
The majority of children in Detroit now live in poverty, says a new report from the demographic firm Data Driven Detroit.
The child poverty rate was 57.3 percent in 2011, D3 found in “2012 State of the Detroit Child”, after a decade of huge increases in economic struggles for children in Michigan’s largest city.
“The large increase in the share of children living in poverty was the real story of the last decade,” stated Data Driven Detroit in a release accompanying the report. “Nearly 60 percent (57.3 percent) of Detroit children were living in poverty in 2011. This represents a 64.7 percent increase in child poverty since 1999, eliminating all gains that were made during the decade of the 1990s.
The firm pointed out that the poverty rate was highest, 62.7 percent, for Detroit’s youngest children – those under age 5.
“This report on the status of children in the state’s largest city shows the impact of its deterioration on the next generation — almost two of every three young children in the city live in a family with income below the poverty line,” said Jane Zehnder-Merrell of the Michigan League for Public Policy. “Without substantial intervention, these circumstances will negatively affect their emotional and physical health, their educational achievement and employment opportunities. The state and region must address such a concentration of disadvantage.”
Additional findings from the report:
“I find the changes in the educational structure — the share of Detroit children by governance — is particularly interesting,” said Kurt Metzger, who led the D3 team that created the study at the behest of the Skillman Foundation.