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Census Bureau shows 113,000 Sacramento children living in poverty

By Phillip Reese

Gather all the children in Sacramento who fell into poverty during the last decade and they could fill the seats of a coliseum twice the size of Sleep Train Arena.

The number of poor children in the Sacramento region grew by 30,000, or 40 percent, from 2000 to 2011, the latest census figures show.

About 113,000, or 22 percent, of local children lived in poverty last year, up from 17 percent during 2000.

The poverty threshold for a family of four is roughly $23,500.

Many children rise above poverty and achieve financial success later in life. But childhood poverty correlates with poor academic performance; lower income as adults; and low college attendance and completion rates..

These maps show childhood poverty rates by ZIP code in the Sacramento region.

Source: Figures in text: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2011; Figures in map, American Community Survey, 2007-2011.