Save the Children work in the United States

2015 Disaster Report

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Children often suffered the most. It soon became clear: U.S. emergency planning did not account for children's unique needs. A decade later, is our nation better prepared to protect children from disaster? Our expanded annual disaster report card finds some important progress. But far too many serious gaps remain. Our children, still at risk, deserve better. Explore the Report

Our Work for Children in the United States

In 2013, We helped nearly 18,500 people in tornado-damaged areas of Oklahoma, and continued helping some 40,000 children recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We also reached 38,000 American children with early education and 150,000 children with literacy programs. In addition, Save the Children and our partners garnered over 100,000 signatures calling on the U.S. President and Congress to give children's issues top priority.

Our Results in the United States

  • We kept 95,391 children safe from harm.
  • In times of crisis, 52,590 children received emergency relief.
  • More than 19,406 children had a healthy start in life.

Poverty in the United States

Nearly 1 in 4 American children lives in poverty — that's 16 million kids who understand all too well what it means to go without.

What does "go without" mean in America? It can mean no access to simple, but critical, things like books, preschool, healthy foods, and places to play and exercise — things that help children thrive and grow in mind and body. It can mean being unable to see a future outside of poverty.

Explore Our Programs

Carolyn Miles with child after Hurricane Sandy

Disaster Relief

Every American child deserves better protection from disasters.

Jennifer Garner and another adult reading with a child

Early Steps to Success

Let's close the achievement gap before it starts.

Child holding hoola hoops

Healthy Choices

Every child deserves a chance at a healthy start.

Adult and Child looking at paper

Journey of Hope

Building resilience skills for our children nationwide.

Child holding books


Let the lifelong love of learning begin.

Child swinging


Helping children reach their potential by creating long lasting change.

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United States Facts and Statistics

  • Population: 318,892,103
  • Life Expectancy: 79.6 years
  • Human Development Rank: 5 out of 187 countries
  • Underweight children: .5%
  • Maternal Death Risk: 1 in 2400 women
  • Child Mortality: 7.1 in 1,000 live births
  • Girls' Education: 16.5 years
  • Income per capita: 52340 (USD)


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report.You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programme 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

Last Updated December 2014

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