According to recently released Census data, Youngstown, OH has the second highest rate of children living in poverty (63.3 percent) amongst all cities in the nation with a population of at least 60,000. “Compared to other developed countries in the world, that’s a very high percent of our children, our future, to have in poverty,” said Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, in “4 Ohio cities reach child poverty rates of 50 percent or more” on November 8, 2014 in The Vindicator of Youngstown.

“I think the average person doesn’t really realize how devastating the consequences of poverty are, especially when it’s experienced among young children,” said Coulton who added that the national child-poverty rate was about 22 percent in 2013.

Three other cities in northeast Ohio have child-poverty rates near or greater than 50 percent: Cleveland, Canton, and Lorain. Including Youngstown, all four cities are among the 14 worst in the United States.

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