Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Utah

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April 29, 2022
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Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Utah

Food insecurity is a widespread problem in the United States, with people experiencing food insecurity in every single county in the nation. The nonprofit Feeding America describes food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.”

Food insecurity hits children particularly hard. The USDA estimates that more than 5.3 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic put further strain on households already experiencing food hardship, with Feeding America estimating that 13 million children may experience food insecurity in 2021—that’s one in six children. Not having consistent access to enough food can affect cognitive abilities, overall health, moods, and attention spans—not to mention the psychological effects of living with scarcity.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in Utah with the highest rate of food insecure children using data from Feeding America. Counties are ranked by highest percent of children with food insecurity as of 2019.

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#29. Summit County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 780
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 46.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 55.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 8.2%
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#28. Morgan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 350
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 48.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 52.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 7.7%
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#27. Wasatch County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,020
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 48.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 52.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.4%
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#26. Davis County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 11,970
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 48.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 52.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.1%
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#25. Utah County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 22,920
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 59.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 41.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.6%

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#24. Tooele County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,570
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 65.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 35.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.6%
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#23. Salt Lake County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 36,720
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 56.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 45.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.7%
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#22. Box Elder County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,270
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 69.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 31.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.8%
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#21. Weber County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 9,710
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 59.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 41.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.2%
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#20. Cache County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 5,240
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 65.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 35.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.3%

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#19. Beaver County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 310
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 27.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.6%
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#18. Daggett County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 20
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 5.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 95.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 8.4%
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#17. Kane County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 270
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 71.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 29.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.0%
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#16. Grand County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 320
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 86.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 14.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.2%
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#15. Washington County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 6,980
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 64.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 36.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.6%

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#14. Juab County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 620
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.5%
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#13. Iron County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,350
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 66.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 34.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.0%
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#12. Wayne County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 120
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 82.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 18.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.9%
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#11. Millard County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 650
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 66.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 34.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.5%
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#10. Sanpete County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,260
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.8%

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#9. Uintah County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,970
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 60.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 40.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.4%
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#8. Duchesne County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,150
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 58.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 42.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.9%
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#7. Emery County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 530
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 55.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 45.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.7%
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#6. Rich County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 130
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 67.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 33.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.6%
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#5. Sevier County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,160
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 72.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 28.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.7%

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#4. Carbon County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 970
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 58.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 42.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.2%
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#3. Piute County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 110
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.5%
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#2. San Juan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,110
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 62.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 38.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.8%
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#1. Garfield County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 300
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 64.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 36.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.5%

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