The data reveals hard truths
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child well-being in our

Ward Snapshots.

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.

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Ward 5 Snapshot

Population: 88,948
13% of DC Total

Registered to Vote (Jan 2021): 71,786
14% of DC Total

Councilmember: Zachary Parker

SBOE Representative: Robert Henderson

Poverty Rate: 15%

Median Income for Families with Children: $98,275

Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 57%

Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2021): 1,412
12% of DC Total

Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 5 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age
0
Children Under 1813% of DC Total

The population of children is growing at a similar rate (+8%) as DC as a whole.
DC +8%

The population of young adults is declining slightly slower (-8%) than DC as a whole.
DC -13%

3,510

Under 3

5783

Under 5

16637

Under 18

8652

Ages 18–24

Children Under 3

Child Population by Race
64%

Black

DC 54%

14%

White

DC 22%

16%

Latinx

DC 17%


Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty
24%

Black

DC 36%

3%

White

DC 1%

24%

Latinx

DC 13%

Employment

Unemployment Rates

Median Family Income

0
Summer Youth Employment Program 2020 Participation (Applied and Were Eligible)
15% of DC Total
Housing Insecurity
0%
Households with High Housing Cost BurdenDC 36%

Homeless Students

SY18-29 18% of DC Total; SY20-21 18% of DC Total


Education

All children can be lifted up to reach their full potential with Education.

Public School Student Enrollment
70%

Black Students
Black Teachers 55%

10%

White Students
White Teachers 21%

15%

Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 11%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average

Teachers New to the Profession: 12%

DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 326 (20-21)

AB/IB Participation: 76% (20-21)

School Suspensions: 17% (18-19)

School Arrests: 10% of DCPS Arrests (18-19)

Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average

Commute Length: 2.2 Miles (21-22)

DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 98 (18-19)

Learn24 OST Program Seats: 11% (18-19)

DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 12% (21-22)

Educational Outcomes
0%
Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency
DC 33%
0%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 73%

Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average

Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 30% (18-19)

Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 27% (18-19)

Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 39% (18-19)

Black Students Math Proficiency: 22% (18-19)

High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 77% (20-21)

Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 61% (class of 2019)

Gap versus Overall DC Average

All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 26% (21-22)

All Students Math Proficiency: 15% (21-22)

Passing AB/IB Exams: 11% (20-21)


Early Childhood

Equity for young people at every step starts from Early Childhood.

Birth Outcomes
0%
Prenatal Care in First TrimesterDC 70%

<5

Infant Mortality in a Single Year

0
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
11% of DC Total
Early Care & Education
0
Licensed Child Care Slots
12% of DC Total

Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot

0
Public Pre-K Enrollment
20% of DC Total
Poverty Under 5
25%

Black

DC 38%

1%

White

DC <1%

30%

Latinx

DC 12%


Health & Safety

Let’s break down the barriers that stand in the way of our kids’ Health & Safety.

Access to Nutrition & Basic Needs
0
SNAP Children Enrollment (2021)13% of DC Total

10,053

Population Per Grocery Store
9,606 DC

In the year prior to COVID-19, 67 children entered foster care which is 17% of the District total. The number declined to 42 in fiscal year 2020, increased to 49 in FY21, and decreased to 33 in FY22.

Adolescent Well-Being

15

Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
13% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 14% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 5 (roughly this ward), which is consistent with the 14% of DC teens living there. The pandemic didn’t change this level of representation (see below).

13.1%

High School Suicide Attempts
DC 14.9%

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.

Voting Population
0
Registered Voters (Jan 2021)
14% of DC Total

Eligible Voters by Age

0%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters
Demographics of Registered Voters
72%

Black

DC 50%

15%

White

DC 31%

5%

Latinx

DC 6%

Voter Turnout

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