Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Washington

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

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 Washington 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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#39. King County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 45,690
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 49.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 51.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 8.7%
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#38. Snohomish County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 20,050
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 49.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 51.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 8.4%
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#37. San Juan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 310
- 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: 9.8%
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#36. Clark County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 16,390
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 57.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 43.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.2%
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#35. Kittitas County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,150
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 55.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 46.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.3%

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#34. Whatcom County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 6,330
- 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: 11.8%
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#33. Kitsap County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 8,070
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 47.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 53.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.4%
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#32. Thurston County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 9,190
- 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: 10.9%
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#31. Island County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,370
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 57.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 43.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.4%
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#30. Whitman County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,180
- 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: 13.8%

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#29. Pierce County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 32,580
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 56.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 44.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.9%
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#28. Walla Walla County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,040
- 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: 11.6%
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#27. Chelan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,930
- 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: 11.4%
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#26. Skagit County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,480
- 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: 11.3%
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#25. Benton County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 8,660
- 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: 10.9%

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#24. Franklin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 5,020
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.2%
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#23. Wahkiakum County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 120
- 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: 11.6%
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#22. Douglas County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,920
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 25.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.6%
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#21. Spokane County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 19,980
- 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: 12.8%
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#20. Grant County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 5,080
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 84.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 16.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.1%

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#19. Columbia County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 140
- 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: 14.1%
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#18. Asotin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 830
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 25.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.8%
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#17. Skamania County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 420
- 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: 11.7%
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#16. Klickitat County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 800
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 73.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 27.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.9%
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#15. Garfield County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 100
- 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: 12.9%

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#14. Yakima County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 14,310
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 87.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 13.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.4%
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#13. Lewis County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,260
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 67.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 34.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.6%
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#12. Adams County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,390
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 84.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 16.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.3%
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#11. Cowlitz County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 5,000
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 63.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 37.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.5%
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#10. Lincoln County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 470
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 63.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 37.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.6%

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#9. Pend Oreille County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 540
- 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: 14.0%
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#8. Stevens County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,040
- 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: 14.3%
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#7. Jefferson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 850
- 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: 13.2%
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#6. Grays Harbor County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,250
- 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: 14.7%
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#5. Mason County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,730
- 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: 13.3%

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#4. Okanogan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,170
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 84.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 16.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.4%
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#3. Pacific County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 810
- 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: 15.2%
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#2. Clallam County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,990
- 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: 14.6%
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#1. Ferry County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 360
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 79.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 21.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.2%

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