Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have the highest percentage of children living in low-income households, according to Stats Canada census data released Wednesday.

The data shows Saint John is on a list of cities with the highest portion of children living in poverty. The data looked at the Greater Saint John area, including Quispamsis, Rothesay and Grand Bay West-Field.

“In a census metropolitan area there is a prevalence of child poverty in households of 22 per cent, but the city of Saint John is 30 per cent,” says Human Development Council executive director Randy Hatfield.

Hatfield says some areas of the city jump to a child poverty rate of 45 per cent.