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Report: 1 in 5 Wisconsin kids live in poverty

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UNDATED (WSAU)   Almost one-of-every-five Wisconsin children lived in poverty last year. The U-S Census Bureau said yesterday that the state’s child poverty rate grew to 18.4-percent. And 37 counties had significant increases in the percentage of kids age 5-to-17 living in households with incomes below the poverty line.

The Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates from the Census Bureau showed that suburban Milwaukee counties were doing the best. Child poverty was just 6 to 8-percent in Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties. The data also showed that Waukesha County had one of the 30 smallest child poverty rates in the country.

Menominee County had the state’s highest figure, and among the largest in the Midwest at 47-percent of kids under 18 living in poverty.

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