The data reveals hard truths
about child well-being in our
The DC Kids Count 2023 ward snapshots provide the best available ward-level data of child and young adult well-being by measuring and tracking the demographics, economic justice, education, early childhood, health and safety, and voting and democracy. Because it takes time for agencies to complete collecting, cleaning, and reporting data, most data in these ward snapshots reflect the old ward boundaries rather than those approved at the end of 2021 (based on 2020 Census counts).
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Ward 4 Snapshot
13% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (Jan 2023): 63,034
12% of DC Total
Councilmember: Janeese Lewis George
SBOE Representative: Frazier O’Leary
Poverty Rate: 10%
Median Income for Families with Children: $148,429
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 61%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2022): 1,712
14% of DC Total
To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 4 we start with Demographics.
Population by Age
The population of children is growing slightly faster (+13%) than DC as a whole.
The population of young adults is declining slightly faster (-18%) than DC as a whole.
Children Under 3
Child Population by Race
Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.
Median Family Income
11% of DC Total
SY18-29 11% of DC Total; SY21-22 13% of DC Total
All children can be lifted up to reach their full potential with Education.
Public School Student Enrollment
Black Teachers 38%
White Teachers 38%
Latinx Teachers 13%
Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
Teachers New to the Profession: 18% (21-22)
Commute Length: 1.8 Miles (21-22)
DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 231 (20-21)
DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 144 (18-19)
School Suspensions: 10% (18-19)
School Arrests: 6% of DCPS Arrests (18-19)
DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 25% (21-22)
Learn24 OST Program Seats: 15% (FY23 projection, excluding special competitions)
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
AB/IB Participation: 54% (21-22)
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 37% (18-19)
All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 33% (21-22)
Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 25% (21-22)
Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 48% (18-19)
All Students Math Proficiency: 21% (21-22)
Black Students Math Proficiency: 13% (21-22)
Passing AB/IB Exams: 49% (21-22)
Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 53% (class of 2020)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 70% (21-22)
Equity for young people at every step starts from Early Childhood.
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
5% of DC Total
Early Care & Education
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
Poverty Under 5
Health & Safety
Let’s break down the barriers that stand in the way of our kids’ Health & Safety.
Access to Nutrition & Basic Needs
Population Per Grocery Store
In the year prior to COVID-19, 33 children entered foster care which is 9% of the District total. The number declined to 10 in fiscal year 2020 and then stayed steady (11 in FY21 and 10 in FY22).
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
18% of DC Total
In the year prior to COVID-19, 12% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 4 (roughly this ward), which is lower than the 17% of DC teens living there. The pandemic didn’t change this under-representation (see below).
High School Suicide Attempts
Policing of Children
Percentage in this Ward's Police District Compared to DC as a Whole
Voting & Democracy
To grow up resilient, powerful, and heard kids must be a priority in Voting & Democracy.
Eligible Voters by Age
Demographics of Registered Voters
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Download an appendix with the data for all DC wards included in our ward snapshots. Find more information about all the ward snapshot measures in our data references section.