"The majority of counties in Michigan, through the mid-South to Florida and from Missouri to North Carolina experienced significant increases in their child poverty rates," Gallardo reports. The top 10 counties with the highest percentage increase of child poverty were in five states: Mississippi, Georgia, South Dakota, Alabama and Texas. Of those, five are in Mississippi, and five are rural.
The rural rate of child poverty rose to 27.2 percent, from 21.2 in 2000. In cities of 10,000 to 50,000, it rose to 25.1 from 18.5. In urban areas it rose from 20.8 to 15.5 percent. (Read more)