Newly released data show 1 out of every 4 Oregon children were living below the poverty line in 2011. The information was culled from state and federal agencies by the non-profit group Children First for Oregon.
The Great Recession may have officially ended in 2009, but the study shows childhood poverty rose 4% in the years after that.
Oregon had nearly 200,000 children younger than 18 living below the federal poverty line in 2011. That’s around $22,000 a year for a family of four.
“Children in poverty are more likely to have less success in school. They’re less likely to graduate. Chronic health problems are more likely. And then even later in adulthood, they’re more likely to be unemployed,” says Richard Myers, policy manager with Children First for Oregon.
Myers says many of those same challenges are faced by families living just above the poverty line.
Just under half of all Oregon children live at what the study calls “the poverty threshold”. That’s an income of roughly $45,000 a year for a family of four.