Poverty in Nevada
Unfortunately, our state’s economic recovery is barely reaching families living in poverty. Too many families in Nevada are still struggling with more than 15% still living below the federal poverty line for a family of four is $24,250 (2015). Even worse, close to 23% of children in Nevada are living in poverty. Without safety net resources provided by state and federal programs including food stamps, WIC, school lunches, TANF and housing subsidies, closer to 38% of children in Nevada would be living in poverty.
Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. Poverty and financial stress can impede children’s cognitive development and their ability to learn. It can contribute to behavioral, social and emotional problems and poor health. A child raised in poverty is more likely to become an adult living in poverty. 42% of children born to parents in poverty are likely to stay there. Parents struggling to keep a roof over their family have little time to help with homework, or enroll their children in enrichment activities. Lack of transportation and affordable childcare are oftentimes insurmountable barriers to getting and keeping stable employment.