28.7% of Cuyahoga County children under the age of 18 are living below the poverty line, according to a story by WCPN 90.3 FM on September 20, 2012. Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was interviewed for this NPR Ideastream story "More than 1 in 4 Cuyahoga County Children Live in Poverty." While this number is the same as the rate reported in 2011, it's up more than five percent from five years ago.
Coulton explained the increase in child poverty began six to eight years ago. "And then we added on to that a recession, which pushed it even further," she said. "So these are very high numbers. And we know that child poverty has a very long-term effect on child development."
Read more and download the .mp3 of the story from WCPN Ideastream.
To visualize the ongoing problem, the map above was prepared by the Poverty Center for Invest in Children to show recent child poverty rates in the county.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.