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Children in Poverty

The percentage of Lincoln’s children in poverty remains below Great Recession levels

Children who live in poverty face tougher odds for achievement than do other children. Children who live in poverty for at least half of their childhoods are 90% more likely to leave high school without a diploma and four times more likely to be an unwed teen parent when compared with people who were never poor as children. 2

  • In 2018, 15% of Lincoln’s children lived in poverty.
  • Since 2009, there has been a 22% decrease in the number of children living in poverty.

2. Fiester, L. (2013). Early warning confirmed: A research update on third-grade reading. Baltimore, MD: Annie E Casey Foundation.