The percentage of Indiana children living in poverty has decreased to 18 percent from 22 percent in 2010.
Of Indiana’s neighboring states, only Illinois has a lower percentage. However, a third of African-American children and a third of American Indian children lived in poverty — and they’re three times as likely as white kids to live in poverty.
In school, more Hoosier students are facing challenges graduating on time, according to the National Data Book. Sixteen percent of Hoosier high school students did not graduate on time in 2016-17, two percent higher than in 2010-11.