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New Census Data Shows Entrenched Poverty In District

According to the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, the new census data shows some serious, entrenched poverty in the District. The numbers are brutal—especially for those living in Ward 7 and Ward 8. More than one in four children in D.C. are living in poverty, the data shows. The poverty rate among children rose from roughly 22 percent in 2007 to 29 percent in 2009. And we spent how much time debating streetcars during the primary?

DCFPI reports: "Some 61,000 resident—11 percent of all residents—live below half of the poverty line, or just under $11,000 for a family of four. This represents an increase of 14,000 extremely poor residents."

For East of the River residents, the poverty rate rose from 27 percent in 2007 to 34 percent in 2009. That's a third of residents living in Wards 7 and 8.

The Institute also reports:

"The new Census data show that median household income increased from $56,000 in 2007 to $59,000 in 2009, but the gain has been confined to a Census-defined area in the center of the city that includes parts of Wards 1, 2, and 6. Median income in this area rose from $60,000 in 2007 to $74,000 in 2009. By contrast, median household income east of the Anacostia River dropped from $32,100 in 2007 to $30,700 in 2009."

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  • DCexpat

    According to DCFPI the overall poverty rate has remained remarkably stable over the last 15 years at least, bouncing between 18 and 21% I believe. While this latest data is not good news, its not really anything new I don't think. The problems causing poverty in DC are the same they've been for a long time: booze, drugs, apathy, xenophobia, and happy dependency on government checks.


    DCexpat...wrote "The problems causing poverty in DC are the same they've been for a long time: booze, drugs, apathy, xenophobia, and happy dependency on government checks."

    Nothing could be further from the truth...the povery level in these Wards are primarily due to the high drop-out rate, single parent homes of mothers with minimal education and employment and then the job training that has been lacking in DC for well over 10-20 years.

    Poverty in the inner-city is a given but for the drastic decline in numbers and no impending growth at all, we as a society have to start looking inward to see what we need to do to help our fellow human beings.

  • SEdcDude

    @ DC

    retards like you should read a history book. America/DC is reaping what she has sown. If you are embarrassed by black youth who feel no connection to this racist, xenophobic society, blame yourself! If middle classed blacks had supported true political change and societal reformation when it mattered, this would never have happened. Black leadership chose petty bourgeois liberal culture over radical liberation movements. You and your family got their government jobs, so what are you crying about?

    Oh, you realize now that you should have saw the real "big picture". Your realizing that rabid capitalistic individualism will only save a few, and not an entire race? Well too late,the previous generation sold out the real black leaders . Many of them still languish in jails as political prisoners. Yes this barbaric society does have political prisoners. The ship is going down. And this was all design, but none of you are smart enough to see it. So keep believing in this shitty racist system. When it finally sinks your minds will sink with it.

    And to you European Americans who continue to complain about the condition of many blacks in this country. Blame your ancestors. You can't rape,pillage, enslave and genocide the not have the karma not reteurn. America is the greatest crime againsts humanity. Someone has to pay for it. And it seems that it will be your generation.

    Life can suck huh?

  • DCexpat

    Try not to kill anyone today, SEdcDude.

    What a Waste, we may be saying the same things, though I name physical manifestations of your underlying causes. My overall point was this fluctuation is unfortunately within the norm of the trends over the last 15 years. Its the uptick that follows the downtick seen during the 'boom' a few years ago.

  • SEdcDude

    @ DC,
    fair enuff.....just as long as you don't steal, fondle, flash or cheat nobody!