The number of young adults who fall at or below the federal poverty line has risen in the last 10 years, according to a new issue brief from the Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans, a research center at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. The paper, released Wednesday, reveals that the number of young people between 18 and 24 years old who live in poverty has increased over the last decade, with almost 24 percent of year-olds falling below the federal poverty line. The results point to the difficult transition young adults face as they move from high school to work, enroll in college or seek employment after graduating from college. The findings showed that to year-olds experienced greater concentrations of poverty between and , while poverty rates for other age groups generally flattened out during the same period. The shape of poverty in this country has changed: Since the 60's, poverty rates have flattened across the entire age distribution.
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Statistics On Young Adults & Poverty Show A Startling Trend Over The Past Decade
More than 13 percent of people in the United States— almost 42 million —are between the ages of 10 and As young people develop their identities and habits, these diverse characteristics are connected to their health outcomes and access to services. If adults who work with youth understand the demographic characteristics and diversity of adolescents, they can do a better job of planning and delivering health services to this population.
To achieve mobility from poverty, young people must have resources to develop their identities and avoid unintended pregnancy. But adolescence is also a period of extraordinary challenges, especially for young people living in poverty. Children of disadvantaged parents are far more likely to experience family instability and complexity early in life.