Alabama Poverty Rate

When it comes to kids, poverty isn't getting any better in Alabama.

A growing number of Alabamians under the age of 18 are living in poverty.

That's according to a recent southern regional education board study.

It shows Alabama with the 4th highest childhood poverty rate as of 2010.

The state falls behind New Mexico, Mississippi and Washington D.C. and had the 8th highest childhood poverty rate in 2005.

Childhood poverty rates throughout the south are also trending upward.


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  • by Ms. Smith Location: Vernon on Apr 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    I've seen some of these poverty stricken parents that can't do without their beer and cigarettes.I witnessed a mother with her children in a grocery cart that had almost no food in it but had a 12 pack of beer, and get up to the check out and buy 4 packs of cigarettes. The little girl begged for a bag of potato chips but of course the mother said put that back, we don't have enough money for that. There are parents that give up all for their children, they go without so their child don't know that they are poor. But some of yall make me sick, you let your child go for want and yall smoke and drink yourselves to death.
  • by Ms. Smith Location: Vernon on Apr 22, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    I've seen some of these poverty stricken parents that can't do without their beer and cigarettes.I witnessed a mother with her children in a grocery cart that had almost no food in it but had a 12 pack of beer, and get up to the check out and buy 4 packs of cigarettes. The little girl begged for a bag of potato chips but of course the mother said put that back, we don't have enough money for that. There are parents that give up all for their children, they go without so their child don't know that they are poor. But some of yall make me sick, you let your child go for want and yall smoke and drink yourselves to death.
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