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Risk and Reach


One in six young children in Minnesota lives in poverty. Poverty early in life is associated with poorer outcomes in early language, cognitive development, and educational achievement. Stressors with associated living in poverty can affect children’s emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical health. Children who are raised in poverty are more likely to remain in poverty in adulthood.


The federal definition of poverty is indexed for household size. In 2014, the poverty threshold was $12,071 for a single-person household and $24,230 for a family of 4.