• Texas ranked 2nd highest in nation after California with 1,751,000 children living in poverty1
  • 27% of Harris County children live in poverty and 26% of Texas children do1
  • Nearly half of the children in Texas live at 200% or below the federal poverty rate, while the national average is 44%1
  • 86% of low income children and 53% of poor children have parents who never graduated from high school1
  • In 2011-2012 school year, school districts in Greater Houston area identified 12,512 homeless youth, or 1.3% of public school population1
  • 43.6% of infants and children under 4 years of age received WIC assistance1
  • The 2013 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for a family of 4 equals $23,550. On average, it is estimated that it takes twice that amount to provide the most basic needs2
  • In 2011-2012, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported 23% of Texas adults in poverty3
  • In 2012, 46.5 million people (15%) in the U.S. were in poverty4 

Helpful Links


Kids Count (For a Better Texas)


  1. Children at Risk. Growing Up in Houston 2012-2014, Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children. Children at Risk, 2012.
  2. "Child Poverty." National Center for Children in Poverty. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, n.d. Web. 12 Sept 2014.
  3. "Poverty Rate by Race/Ethnicity." The Kaiser Family Foundation. The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2014.
  4. "Poverty: Highlights". United States Department of Census Bureau. U.S. Department of Commerce, n.d. Web. 12 Sept 2014.