Better than Romania, but not quite as good as Bulgaria. That’s where the U.S. ranks on childhood poverty, according to a new study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
“More than one in five American children fall below a relative poverty line, which UNICEF [originally United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund] defines as living in a household that earns less than half of the national median,” The Washington Post reports. “The United States ranks 34th of the 35 countries surveyed … below virtually all of Europe plus Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.”
The study compares statistics in “developed” countries, mostly from North America and Europe.