Children growing up in areas of concentrated poverty are more likely to experience stress, drop out of school, and grow up to be low-income adults. Those are some of the findings of an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Thursday.
In the last decade, the number of US children living in poor neighborhoods grew by one point six million, according to the study.
California actually bucked the national trend with 107,000 fewer children living in concentrated poverty than there were in 2000.
But some parts of the state have many more high poverty kids than others.
In Oakland, 22 percent of kids live in neighborhoods where a large proportion of families live below the federal poverty line, says Ted Lempert, executive director of Oakland-based Children Now. In the city of Fresno, that number grows to more than 40 percent.