Statistics & Resources

Get the latest research and data on child poverty in Texas and beyond.

According to the latest U.S. Census American Community Survey data:

  • More than 1.7 million (24.6 percent) Texas children under age 18 lives in poverty, a number higher than any state except California.
  • Child poverty remains at shamefully high numbers, and higher than the national average of 1 in 5.
  • Children of color, and especially Hispanic children are disproportionately poor.
  • Of all poor children in Texas, more than 2/3 are Hispanic children, even though Hispanic children make up only about half of our total child population.
  • 33 percent of Hispanic children, 32 percent of Black children, 23 percent of American Indian children, 20 percent of children two or more races live in poverty compared with 10.6 percent of white children.
  • The total number of white children is declining while children of color continues to grow. More than 60 percent of Texas children are now children of color.

Find local data on child poverty in Texas.

National Resources

Child Poverty in America: 2014 National Fact Sheet

Child Poverty in America: 2014 State Fact Sheet

Ending Child Poverty Now Brief

State Fact Sheets

Moments in America

Each Day in America