Generational Poverty Overview


Generational poverty occurs in families where at least two generations have been born into poverty. The Junior League of Atlanta adopted this issue in 2013 due to poverty’s pervasiveness in our state. Georgia is the 6th worst state for child poverty, with more than one-quarter of its children living in poverty. Many of Georgia’s children are struggling to have basic needs met. Poverty can have devastating effects. Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development, and poverty and financial stress can impede a child’s cognitive development and ability to learn.


The JLA is committed to eradicating generational poverty in the greater Atlanta area. Through efforts like LBDI, we as an organization can provide critical education on this issue and raise money to effect change.

Below are recent statistics regarding generational poverty in our community:

  • 21.6% of Atlanta’s population lives in poverty. – U.S. Census Bureau
  • 31% of Atlanta’s children live in poverty, and 20% of Georgia’s children do. – Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center
  • Atlanta has the worst upward mobility of any major metro in the country. Only 4% of Metro Atlantans born into the bottom 20% of income make it to the top 20%. – Curbed Atlanta