Share of children who missed 11 or more school days in the past 12 months due to illness, by poverty status, 2010

Percent Missing
Poor 9.60%
Non-poor 4.40%

Note: Data are for children age 5–17. ‘‘Poor’’ children are defined as those whose family income falls below the poverty threshold. ‘‘Non-poor’’ children are in families with incomes that are 200 percent of the poverty threshold or greater.

Source: Author's analysis of National Health Interview Survey (Bloom, Cohen, and Freeman 2011, Table 10)

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