Kenyan McDuffie: How are children faring in your ward?

On behalf of DC Action for Children and this Ward 5 resident: Warm congratulations to Kenyan McDuffie, the new Ward 5 councilmember who is being sworn in today.

Here at DC Action for Children, we hope Councilmember McDuffie will join us in being a strong advocate for children in Ward 5 and citywide. They need adult voices speaking up for their interests.

We believe that our city’s future is only as bright as its children’s futures. Right now, too many children face unnecessarily dark futures.

To help launch our new councilmember, we offer the following D.C. KIDS COUNT data on children (and their families) in Ward 5:

  • 17 percent of Ward 5 residents were children under the age of 18 in 2010 (down from about 21 percent in 2000).
  • The number of children under 18 in the ward decreased by 17 percent and the number of children under 5 decreased by 7 percent between 2000 and 2010. These declines are larger than citywide declines.
  • These declines may reverse, however, as the birth rate in the ward has increased. The birth rate per 1,000 women went up from 12.9 in 2000 to 14.4 in 2010 (the overall D.C. birth rate was 15.2 per 1,000 population in 2010).
  • A decrease in the infant mortality has accompanied the growing birth rate – 10.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in Ward 5 in 2010 (compared to 14.0 in 2000).
  • More than one in four (28 percent) children in Ward 5 are living in families in poverty.  That percent is even higher in some neighborhoods in the ward – 38 percent in Ivy City/Trinidad and 33 percent in Brookland/Brentwood.
  • Put another way, more than 3,600 Ward 5 children are living in families in poverty. They would fill three eight-car rush-hour Metro trains.
  • The percent of children in Ward 5 living in poverty did not change between 2000 and 2010, despite a 2 percent increase in median family income in the ward (from $44,397 to $45,184).

We look forward to working with our new councilmember to create and sustain a policy agenda that invests in our city’s children and families, addresses their challenges and builds on their strengths. Every kid counts – and every neighborhood counts!

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