Sad to say, but, America has a glaring problem. And that growing problem is child poverty. Unfortunately, that issue doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for a long time. In fact, it’s one of our nation’s fastest growing issues.
Actually, our country has the 7th highest rate of child poverty in the entire world. Kinda embarrassing, right? It’s a statistic verified by UNICEF.
As of 2013, 1 in 5 American children fall below the poverty line. That means at least 20 percent of our nation’s children are underprivileged. Some reports claim that number recently jumped to 29 percent.
Anyways, Wallethub has some good news for us this time. Connecticut’s child poverty rate is one of the lowest in all of America.
I know, they finally said something nice about us! It’s good to see Connecticut doing something right. Especially since it’s over an ultra-sensitive topic.
No one likes the idea of child poverty. Because the fact that a child knows hunger,struggles to keep warm in the winter, and worries about money is depressing. An underprivileged child did absolutely nothing wrong to wind up in a situation like that.
For most of us, when we think of our childhoods, we remember how carefree it was. But, for others, they probably remember it a lot differently.
However, the gap in disparity appears to be smaller in Connecticut. Because it has the 3rd lowest rate of child poverty in the nation.
Only New Jersey and New Hampshire had better numbers than us.
On the other hand, Mississippi and the District of Columbia had the highest rate of underprivileged children. They also had the worst performance in practically every factor of this report. Not good.
For this particular Wallethub report, the rankings went from 1 to 51, with one being most underprivileged. The survey compared several key factors to finalize their rankings. They mainly focused on children living in homes below the poverty line, food-insecurity, and maltreatment in children; such as bullying and abuse.
So, when it came to Connecticut’s socioeconomic welfare, health, and education ranks: we scored 47th, 46th, and 51st. On top of that, our state had one of the lowest instances of child and youth homelessness.
Still, America as a whole has a long way to go before catching up with our statistics. On a global scale, we have even farther to go. The question is: will we rise to the challenge? Or, will we continue to pretend that nothing is wrong?
What is Connecticut doing right when it comes to child poverty? What can we do to reduce the amount of underprivileged children in other states?