Four Wiregrass area school systems are among the top ten in the state when it comes to having a high number of children living below the poverty line.
Census estimates show that Geneva, Elba, Barbour and Pike Counties have as many as 34 percent of their students living in poverty conditions.
Recently released census figures on poverty among children in the country's more than 14,000 school districts show Perry County had the largest percentage of children below the poverty level among Alabama’s public school districts.
A family of four is considered below the poverty level with an income of less than $17,960 a year.
School systems with the fewest number of students below the poverty level included mostly white systems in the Birmingham suburbs of Vestavia, Mountain Brook, Hoover and Homewood.
Children living below poverty level