Kansas City Area


Statistics Johnson County Poverty: Child Poverty

Even though Johnson County, Kansas, has a reputation of having high standard of living, the rate of child poverty in Johnson County rose by 92% from 2000 to 2006.

The report titled “2006 Poverty Trends in Johnson County, Kansas.” conducted by the United Community Services indicates that about one in 16 children in Johnson County, Kansas, lives in poverty. This is a sharp rise compared to one in 24 children in Johnson County in 1990. The sharp rise is especially concerning considering that the rate of child poverty rose 92% from 2000 and 2006 alone.

School lunch - an indication of child poverty

In 2001-2002, few students in Johnson County, Kansas, public schools received free or low cost lunch. However, in the study for the school year 2006-2007, one in 7 students received low cost or free school lunch. This is a 71% increase. In Shawnee Mission School district, the number is up 63%.

Statistics of Johnson County poverty in the 2006 report

In the above report the following statistics are derived:

  • From 2000 to 2006, child poverty rate rose 92%
  • Nowadays one in 16 children in Johnson County, Kansas, lives in poverty
  • one in seven students in Johnson County public schools received a free or low cost school lunch in 2006-2007 school year.
Why are children living in poverty in Johnson County, Kansas?

There are many reasons why the child poverty rate is up in Johnson County, Kansas, despite everything the county is doing to help families. First of all, let's examine the statistics of Johnson County poverty below:

  • In 2006, 25% of female headed households with children were living below the poverty level
  • In 2006, nearly three fourths of poor children lived with a single parent.
  • Between 2000 and 2006, the number of female headed households rose 61% in Johnson County.
  • The majority of Johnson County 's poor children are white.

The largest minority group in Johnson County is Hispanics. In Johnson County, it is estimated that there are 9,400 Hispanic children and:

  • 25% of Hispanic children live in poverty.
  • More than a third of Hispanic children living in poverty are age 5 or under.