Feb 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An analysis by a charitable foundation shows the number of Minnesota children living in high-poverty neighborhoods almost doubled in the last decade.
The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation using the latest Census data says 68,000 children are living in poverty compared with about 35,000 a decade ago in Minnesota.
The Brainerd Dispatch reports Beltrami County has the highest rate of child poverty, followed by Blue Earth and Ramsey counties.
Nationally, nearly 8 million children, or 11 percent, are growing up in areas where at least 30 percent of residents live below the federal poverty level, which is about $22,000 a year for a family of four.