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Indicator Report - Utah Population Characteristics: Poverty, Children Age 17 and Under

Why Is This Important?

Poverty takes into account both income and family size, and has both immediate and long-lasting effects on health. Income provides an assessment of the financial resources available to individual persons or families for basic necessities (e.g., food, clothing, and health care) to maintain or improve their well-being. Persons living in poverty are worse off than persons in more affluent households for many of the indicators tracked by the Utah Department of Health.

Poverty in the early years of a child's life, more than at any other time, has especially harmful effects on continuing healthy development and well-being, including developmental delays and infant mortality. Well-being in later childhood, such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and educational attainment, is also influenced by early childhood poverty.

Percentage of Children in Poverty by Hispanic Ethnicity and Age Group, Utah, 2011-2013

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Data from the 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-year estimate.

Data Notes

Hispanic persons may be of any race.

The ACS data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. The degree of uncertainty for an estimate arising from sampling variability is represented through the use of a margin of error. The value shown here is the 90 percent margin of error. The margin of error can be interpreted roughly as providing 90 percent probability that the interval defined by the estimate minus the margin of error and the estimate plus the margin of error (the lower and upper confidence bounds) contains the true value.

Data Sources

U.S. Bureau of the Census. American Community Survey.

Other Views


Percentage of children (age 17 and under) living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty threshold.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Estimated number of of children (age 17 and under) living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty threshold as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Denominator: Estimated number of children (age 17 and under) in the population.

Page Content Updated On 04/02/2015, Published on 04/08/2015
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Content updated: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 14:05:24 MDT