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Census Bureau Finds Drop In Children's Poverty Rate

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The poverty rate for children under 18 dropped significantly from 1993 to 1994, though it remained higher than for other age groups, the U.S. Bureau of the Census reports.

The proportion of U.S. children living in poverty fell from 22.7 percent to 21.8 percent, paralleling a decrease for the overall population, which went from 15.1 percent in 1993 to 14.5 percent in 1994.

The number of Americans living in poverty fell by 1.2 million last year, to 38.1 million. It was the first decrease since 1989, according to the survey.

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