Definitions and Acknowledgements
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Child Population by Race/Ethnicity is the
percentage of children under age 18 catego-
rized by race/ethnicity. e categories are
Percent of Children in Immigrant Families is
the percentage of children under age 18 who are
foreign born or who live with at least one for-
Children in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant
Children Living Below Poverty reshold is
the share of children under age 18 who live in
families with incomes below the federal poverty
level. In 2006, a family of two adults and two chil-
dren were considered below poverty if their
annual income fell below $20,444; a family of one
adult and two children were considered below
poverty if their annual income fell below $16,242.
Children Living in Low-Income Families is
the percentage of children under age 18 who
live in families with incomes below 200 percent
of the U.S. poverty threshold.
Children Living in Crowded Households is
the percentage of children under age 18 living
in households that have more than 1.00 per-
sons per room.
Children Living in Families that Spend More
an 30 Percent of Income on Housing is the
share of children living in low-income
households where more than 30 percent of
the monthly income was spent on rent,
mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, and/
or related expenses.
Births to Teen Mothers is the proportion of
total births to all women who are under age 20.
Family Households with Own Children is the
proportion of households consisting of at
least one parent and their children under age
18. Married-couple families include the
householder and his or her spouse. Male
householders and female householders have
no spouse present.
Health and Development
Percentage of Preterm Births is the percent-
age of babies born with a gestational age of
less than 37 completed weeks. Birth certifi-
cates that did not report gestational age were
not included in this tabulation.
Percentage of Low-Birthweight