D.C. KIDS COUNT: Children Left Behind Despite Economic Gains
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(Washington, D.C., February 9, 2012) – Despite overall economic gains over the past ten years, too many children have been left behind. Median family income is up 12 percent, but the city’s child poverty rate has barely changed. In 2010, 30 percent of the city’s children were living in families with income at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line ($22,000 for a family of four), compared to 32 percent in 2000. Where children live in the District of Columbia has a large effect on how they live, including their health and educational success, according to data released today by DC Action for Children. Ward-level data snapshots reveal significant place-based disparities in child and family well-being, as well as rapid changes in circumstances for the city’s children and families over the last decade.
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