The data reveals hard truths about child, youth, and young adult well-being in our
Ward Snapshots.
The DC KIDS COUNT 2024 ward snapshots provide the best available ward-level data of child, youth, 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, some data reflect the old ward boundaries while others reflect the ward boundaries approved at the end of 2021 (based on 2020 Census counts).

Ward 1 Snapshot

Population: 79,448
12% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (Feb 2024): 54,476
12% of DC Total
Councilmember: Brianne K. Nadeau
SBOE Representative: Ben Williams
Poverty Rate: 12%
Median Income for Families with Children: $178,750
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 51%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2023): 1,050
8% of DC Total
Ward 1 Map Boundary
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Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 1 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age

11,714
Children Under 18
9% of DC Total

The population of children is growing faster (+10%) than DC as a whole.

DC +5%

The population of young adults is declining at a similar rate (-21%) as DC as a whole.

DC -19%
Children and Youth By Age

Child Population by Race

28%
Black
DC 53%
3,315 population
23%
White
DC 22%
2,713 population
36%
Latinx
DC 17%
4,271 population
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Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty

49%
Black
DC 33%
1591
0%
White
DC 2%
<100
25%
Latinx
DC 15%
1054

Employment

Median Family Income
819
Summer Youth Employment Program 2022 Participation
6% of DC Total

Housing Insecurity

32%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%
981
Students experiencing homelessness in this ward's schools
11% of DC Total
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Education

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

Public School Student Enrollment

31%
Black Students
Black Teachers 36%
6%
White Students
White Teachers 29%
60%
Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 23%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
  • Teachers New to the Profession: 6%(22-23)
  • Commute Length: 1.5 Miles(21-22)
  • DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 203(22-23)
  • DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 160(18-19)
  • AB/IB Participation: 78%(22-23)
  • School Suspensions: 7%(18-19)
  • Afterschool program coverage for Elementary/Middle: 55%
  • Summer program coverage for Elementary/Middle: 22%
  • Share of Total Learn24 OST Program Seats: 15%(FY23 projections, excluding special competitions)
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
  • School Arrests: 17% of DCPS Arrests(18-19)
  • DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 7%(21-22)

Educational Outcomes

16%
Math Proficiency
DC 22%
69%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 76%
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
  • Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 20%(21-22)
  • Black Students Math Proficiency: 7%(21-22)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
  • All Students Language Arts Proficienc: 28%(22-23)
  • All Students Math Proficiency: 16%(22-23)
  • Passing AB/IB Exams: 15%(22-23)
  • High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 69%(22-23)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 38%(class of 2020)
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Early Childhood

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

Birth Outcomes

62%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 63%
<5
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
2
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
DC 6%

Early Care & Education

1,050
Licensed Child Care Slots
8% of DC Total
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
930
Public Pre-K Enrollment
7% of DC Total

Poverty Under 5

45%
Black
DC 36%
502 children
0%
White
DC 1%
<100 children
28%
Latinx
DC 14%
455 children
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Health & Safety

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

Access to Nutrition & Basic Needs

3,366
SNAP Children Enrollment (2021)
7% of DC Total
6,111
Population Per Grocery Store
8,824 of DC Total

In 2023 (fiscal year), 6 children from this ward entered foster care which is 4% of the District total.

Adolescent Well-Being

16
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
12% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 11% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 3 (roughly this ward), which is higher than the 8% of DC teens living there. The pandemic didn’t change this over-representation (see below).

11%
High School Suicide Attempts
12% of DC Total

Policing of Children

Percentage in this Ward's Police District Compared to DC as a Whole
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Voting & Democracy

To grow up resilient, powerful, and heard kids must be a priority in Voting & Democracy.

Voting Population

54,476
Registered Voters (Feb 2024)
12% of DC Total
Eligible Voters by Age
12%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters

Demographics of Registered Voters

19%
Black
DC 44%
65%
White
DC 47%
10%
Latinx
DC 5%

Voter Turnout

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.