Intergenerational Poverty

What is Intergenerational Poverty?

Intergenerational poverty is poverty in which two or more successive generations of a family continue in the cycle of poverty, as measured through utilization of public assistance for at least 12 months as an adult and at least 12 months as a child. Situational poverty does not continue to the next generation, is generally traceable to a specific incident, and is typically time limited. Utah created its own measurement of intergenerational poverty based on enrollment in four public assistance programs where eligibility is closely aligned with the federal poverty measure. 

The Tenth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, Welfare Dependency and the Use of Public Assistance highlights data from multiple state agencies about Utahns in the cycle of poverty. New data includes COVID-19 incidences and unemployment insurance claims to examine how the pandemic impacted Utahns experiencing intergenerational poverty.

Looking for data on Intergenerational Poverty in Iron County?

The dashboard linked above summarizes data related to the well-being of individuals experiencing IGP in Utah’s 29 counties.

For the purpose of this data, individuals experiencing IGP are those using public assistance for at least 12 months as an adult and as a child. Public assistance includes the receipt of one or more services including food stamps, child care subsidies, cash assistance or Medicaid/CHIP. A child at risk of remaining in poverty is a child that has received 12 months or more of public assistance. Using these definitions, individuals are matched across several state and local databases to provide county-level profiles.

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