Another goal of DCYF is that families have economic stability. As DCYF staff engaged stakeholders across the state on what they wanted to see children and families achieve, we heard repeatedly about the importance of basic needs being met. Without economic security, many other positive outcomes related to health and education become harder to achieve. Census data on families with children living below the poverty level shows disparities based on race and ethnicity. While white and Asian families live below the poverty level at rates lower than the state average (9.8%), others have much higher rates. For example, American Indian and Alaska Native families with children live below the poverty level at a rate of over twice what white families experience.
Percent of Families Living Below Poverty Level, by Race/Ethnicity (5-Year Estimates, 2015-2019)
This metric cannot be updated at this time because it is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The release of ACS 5-Year Estimates for 2016-2020 has been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This metric will be updated when those data become available. For more information about the ACS, visit the ACS website.