Nonwhite kids in Minnesota are far more likely to be poor, group finds

A sharp rise in the child poverty rate for two groups is described as particularly alarming.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Children in Minnesota who are black, American-Indian, Asian, Latino, or a mix of races are far more likely to grow up poor than white children.

That's according to Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, which analyzed recently released census data to get a snapshot of how child poverty has changed in the state.

The nonprofit said the total number of children in Minnesota living in poverty went down slightly in 2016 to 12.7 percent (that's 160,626 kids). Though the decrease wasn't statistically significant from 2015.

The nonprofit's big takeaway was the disparity between racial and ethnic groups. Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota says children of color make up 30 percent of the state's child population, yet represent 62 percent of the number of kids in poverty.

Poverty is averaged out as an annual income of $24,563 or less for a family of four. (That works out to $2,047 a month.) "Extreme poverty" is less than half of that.

The breakdown

About 6.8 percent of white children in the state are considered in poverty, the lowest rate among groups.

The second-lowest? Asian children, of which 18.4 percent – are in poverty.

That figure only climbs higher from there. Here is the organization's chart showing the differences:

Particularly concerning to Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota is the poverty rate among American-Indian children and those that are two or more races. 

There was a 30 percent jump in the poverty rate among those groups from 2015 to 2016.

Executive Director Bharti Wahi said in a statement the overall reduction (which has been the case for five consecutive years now) is "promising," but described the rise among American-Indian children and children of two or more races as "alarming."

“The data are a rallying cry to continue investments and target resources to promote economic stability for all Minnesotans to alleviate persistent disparities and chronic, historical systemic inequities that put far too many of our state’s future workers — and all of us — at risk for a less prosperous future,” Wahi said.

The big picture

In the U.S. as a whole, 18 percent of children were in poverty last year, down from 19.7 percent in 2015, the Census Bureau said. Kids represent nearly one-third of all people in poverty, despite making up less than a quarter of the population.

Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota argues programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC, the National School Lunch Program, and housing subsidies helped lift more than a million children out of poverty last year.

President Donald Trump in May proposed a 29 percent cut to the SNAP budget (formerly known as food stamps), as well as a tightening of eligibility requirements to ensure those most in need benefit. Able-bodied adults would also be required to work.

Congress hasn't taken up this proposal yet.

Next Up

covid-19, vaccine

All of this week's COVID vaccine pilot program appointments are filled

Nearly 6,000 Minnesotans who are 65 and older registered for appointments between noon Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Lane kueng thao chauvin

Osterholm affidavit ahead of George Floyd trial warns of COVID worsening in March

Prosecutors want to delay the Chauvin trial due to a public health threat.

WCCO-AM's Sheletta Brundidge talks with Lil Nas X

830-WCCO host calls for Dave Lee's replacement to be person of color

WCCO-AM has not had a person of color as a weekday daytime host in its history.

Screen Shot 2021-01-20 at 8.57.50 AM

Harmful grass fly larvae found in shipment to International Falls

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials safeguarded the shipment until the threat could be mitigated.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota high schoolers will be reimbursed for canceled European trips

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a settlement with the travel company Friday.

Donald Trump

Trump pardons Minnesota man convicted on drug charge in 1992

John Harold Wall was among the 143 people granted clemency in one of Trump's final acts as president.

Lyn 65

9 businesses in Richfield affected by strip-mall redevelopment plans

Affected businesses may be eligible for grants that would help keep them in Richfield.

CBP heater

More than $260K in fake heaters seized at Minnesota border

The 780 infrared zone heaters were found in a rail car bound for Ranier, Minnesota.

Ian Cole

Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.

1024px-Hudson,_Wisconsin_9

St. Croix County GOP chair resigns after incendiary post on official website

John Kraft sparked controversy with his 'Prepare for War' post on the party website earlier this month.

ann kim

Ann Kim's new restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, to open in February

The James Beard Award winner is the brains behind Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, and Hello Pizza.

Related

Groups rally against President Donald Trump on Presidents Day

Large demonstrations were held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. A smaller rally took place in Minneapolis.

This Minnesota biker group is helping kids who are bullied

When the group hears about a child that is being bullied, they'll ride out to that kid's community in a show of support.

This Minnesota biker group is helping kids who are bullied

When the group hears about a child that is being bullied, they'll ride out to that kid's community in a show of support.

Teens who eat healthy are more likely to keep eating healthy as young adults, study suggests

“Those who had a higher-quality diet were not thinner at age 15, but became thinner by age 20 and 25, particularly if they reinforced their tendency to eat more closely to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as time passed," said the lead author.

Justine Damond 'shrine' created by white supremacist group disposed of by Minneapolis police

Minneapolis police got rid of the memorial, which was placed outside a precinct.

Minnesota students that owe lunch money are still facing 'lunch shaming' from schools

A 2014 law was supposed to stop this from happening to students who owe lunch money.

Neo-Nazi group cancels its Eau Clarie 'meet-and-greet'

The National Socialist Movement had planned a Wisconsin rally for September.