Almost 60% of DC children live in Northeast and Southeast

About 100,000 children under the age of 18 live in the District. A majority of them (nearly 60 percent) are in Northeast and Southeast.

What does this mean? Why is it important?

A few reflections on these neighborhoods:

•    Many are high-poverty neighborhoods, where more than 30 percent of residents are poor.

•    Many (particularly those in Southeast) have fewer assets that support healthy, learning and thriving children, such as grocery stores and libraries.

•    Many are highly segregated, in which more than 90 percent of children are black.

•    Many have low levels of youth employment.

And a couple of questions:

•    How might our city’s future look different if these children grew up in neighborhoods rich with assets and opportunities?

•    When will DC start investing in children where they live so they get the best start possible?

For more information about these neighborhoods and these children, visit our 2012 DC KIDS COUNT e-Databook for an interactive map, plus more information about this and other neighborhood conditions for DC children. And tune in next Friday for another look into our numbers.

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