Between 2008 and 2009, nearly 34,000 more children were living in poverty in Minnesota, according to the American Community Survey. This continues an alarming trend in Minnesota that has seen a 56% increase (60,000 more children) in children living in poverty since 2000. Poverty is defined as an annual income of below $21,947 for a four-person family.
Additionally, Minnesota’s increase is greater than other states, causing the state’s ranking to decline from 5th to 12th. “All of these dramatic shifts in poverty numbers raise great concern for our children’s future,” stated Jim Koppel, Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)–Minnesota Director, “because we know that living in poverty is the greatest predictor of future struggles for our children.”