The gap watch continues: US is 34th of 35 developed nations in child well-being

May 3, 2013

Initially, it was darkly funny and absurd: "What's up with all the 'gaps'?," we asked ourselves. Discipline gap. Gender gap. Achievement gap. And now the United Nations Children's Fund is reporting that the US is at the almost-bottom of their index for relative child poverty rates: a child poverty gap.

The report excludes kids from places such as sub-Saharan Africa, so take note of the "relative" aspects of this data. But, still, too many American children are "living in a home that makes 36 percent less than the relative poverty line."

We'll continue our "gap watch," but whatever we call it, we know that any inequality is too much.


chart of relative child poverty

[WorldView, The Washington Post]