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 6 Snapshot
15% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (Jan 2023): 71,916
17% of DC Total
Councilmember: Charles Allen
SBOE Representative: Brandon Best
Poverty Rate: 12%
Median Income for Families with Children: $207,536
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 56%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2022): 1,693
14% of DC Total
To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 6 we start with Demographics.
Population by Age
The population of children is growing faster (+24%) than DC as a whole.
The population of young adults is declining slower (-5%) 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
8% of DC Total
SY18-29 10% of DC Total; SY20-21 8% of DC Total
All children can be lifted up to reach their full potential with Education.
Public School Student Enrollment
Black Teachers 54%
White Teachers 31%
Latinx Teachers 4%
Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
Teachers New to the Profession: 14% (2021-22)
Commute Length: 1.7 Miles (2021-22)
DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 148 (2018-19)
School Arrests: 12% of DCPS Arrests (2018-19)
AB/IB Participation: 59% (2021-22)
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 440 (2021-21)
School Suspensions: 16% (2018-19)
Learn24 OST Program Seats: 8% (FY23 projection, excluding special competitions)
DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 10% (2021-22)
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 40% (2018-19)
All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 33% (2021-22)
Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 25% (2021-22)
Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 47% (2018-19)
All Students Math Proficiency: 20% (2021-22)
Black Students Math Proficiency: 10% (2021-22)
Passing AB/IB Exams: 47% (2021-22)
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76% (2021-22)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 46% (class of 2020)
Equity for young people at every step starts from Early Childhood.
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
11% of DC Total
8% 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
6% of DC Total
Population Per Grocery Store
In the year prior to COVID-19, 38 children entered foster care which is 10% of the District total. The number declined to 24 annually in fiscal years 2020 and 2021, and down to 15 in FY2022.
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
5% of DC Total
In the year prior to COVID-19, 11% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 1 (roughly this ward), which is higher than the 9% of DC youth. The pandemic didn’t change this over-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.