HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Children's Defense Fund analysis of new 2013 state data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals child poverty rates remain at record high levels.
Alabama finds itself at number five on the group's list of the ten worst states for Child poverty, with an estimated 297,591 children classified as poor. That equates to a poverty rate of 27.2 percent.
Mississippi rated as the worst state overall with a 34 percent rate. New Hampshire was listed at the best state, with 10.2 percent.
"Child poverty is a moral blight on America," said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund. "That children are the poorest, most vulnerable age group is disgraceful and we must protect them with a national floor of decency. Children of color and those under six during the years of rapid brain development are the poorest. Five years into the recovery poor children in the majority of states still have not benefited. We need to make sure political leaders asking for our votes this campaign season make voiceless, voteless children a priority. If we want to build a strong workforce, military and economy, we can and must end child poverty now."
for the full report, "New Children's Defense Fund Complete Analysis for National Poverty."