Almost 25% of children in St. Joseph County are living in poverty.
That’s according to the Kids Count in Indiana 2017 Data Book, which was compiled by the Indiana Youth Institute. A single-parent family with one child would be considered “in poverty” if its income is less than $16,000 a year, while a married couple with two children would have to earn less than $24,300 to fall into that category.
1 in 5 children in Indiana under the age of 18 are living in poverty, according to the study, while child poverty rates are highest among black children at nearly 42%, followed by Hispanics at 36%, and whites at 15%.
St. Joseph County ranked 75th out of Indiana’s 92 counties in child poverty. 24.5% of kids living in the county live below the poverty line. That’s just slightly less than LaPorte County’s rate of 24.7%. In Elkhart County, that figure drops to 19.4%. LaGrange and Kosciusko Counties have a poverty rate of 13.6% and 13.8% respectively. Marshall County has a 15% rate.