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General Population 1998 1999
Total children under 18 years 1,406,616 1,399,492
Race/ethnicity (%)
 Alaska Native/American Indian 0.3 0.3
 Asian/Pacific Islander 1.2 1.3
 *Black 14.3 14.4
 Hispanic 2.2 2.3
 White 81.9 81.7
% Child population in poverty 18.7 18.2
% Child population living in metropolitan areas 72.9 74.0
*Black children only makeup 14% of the population of Missouri Children
Race/Ethnicity of Children in Foster Care (%) In Care on 10/1/97 In Care on 10/1/98 In Care on 9/30/98 In Care on 9/30/99
Alaska Native/American Indian 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2
**Black 42.9 43.5 43.1 43.5
Hispanic 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0
White 55.2 54.7 55.2 54.7
Unknown 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3
Not applicable
Total % 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Number 10,941 11,540 12,495 12,577

**Although black children make up 14% of the population in comparison to white children (81.9%), black children are nearly 1/2 of all children in foster care from '97 to '99. Do the math!

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