Child poverty in the District down overall but up in some wards
CHILDREN & FAMILIES| DC Action for Children has released its annual “Ward Snapshots” report that documents child poverty rates and family incomes in the District. The report found that wards 5, 7 and 8, which have the highest share of young children, also share the lowest median family incomes. In addition, child poverty has increased in wards 3, 4 and 8. (WaPo, 4/18)
While the overall child poverty rate has declined to 26.7 percent — a drop of three percentage points since 2010 — there has been a slight uptick in Wards 3, 4 and 8. Ward 3 had a child poverty rate of 2.9 percent in 2015, compared with Ward 8’s 49 percent. Some of the increases could be attributed to rising housing costs. Ward 3’s rate was previously 2.4 percent; Ward 8’s was 48.3 percent.
The report found that more than 40 percent of D.C. residents spend more than a third of their monthly income on rent and related costs. The number of children enrolled in Medicaid increased by 21 percent, with the largest jumps in Wards 3, 4 and 8.
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