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 2 Snapshot

Population: 77,904
12% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (March 2024): 48,844
11% of DC Total
Councilmember: Brooke Pinto
SBOE Representative: Allister Chang
Poverty Rate: 12%
Median Income for Families with Children: $250,000+
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 72%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2023): 2,344
19% of DC Total
Ward 2 Map Boundary
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Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 2 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age

4,566
4% of DC Total

The population of children is staying flat while increasing slightly in DC as a whole.

DC +5%

The population of young adults is declining (-27%) at a faster rate than DC as a whole.

DC -19%
Children, Youth, and Young Adult Population

Child Population by Race

25%
Black
DC 53%
1143
34%
White
DC 22%
1574
22%
Latinx
DC 17%
992
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Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty

33%
Black
DC 33%
359
4%
White
DC 2%
<100
7%
Latinx
DC 15%
<100

Employment

275
Summer Youth Employment Program 2022 Participation
2% of DC Total

Housing Insecurity

33%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%
360
Students experiencing homelessness in this ward's schools
4% 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

54%
Black Students
Black Teachers 49%
23%
White Students
White Teachers 39%
14%
Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 5%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
  • Teachers New to the Profession: 8%(22-23)
  • Commute Length: 1.4 Miles(21-22)
  • DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 336(22-23)
  • DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 133(18-19)
  • AB/IB Participation: 92%(22-23)
  • Out-of-School Suspensions: 3%(22-23)
  • School Arrests: 1% of DCPS Arrests(18-19)
  • Afterschool program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 82%
  • Summer program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 48%
  • DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 6%(21-22)
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
  • Learn24 OST Program Seats: 6%(projected for FY23, excluding special competitions)

Educational Outcomes

40%
Math Proficiency
DC 22%
87%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 76%
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
  • Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 54%(18-19)
  • All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 56%(22-23)
  • Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 46%(21-22)
  • Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 60%(18-19)
  • All Students Math Proficiency: 40%(22-23)
  • Black Students Math Proficiency: 22%(21-22)
  • Passing AB/IB Exams: 78%(22-23)
  • High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87%(22-23)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 68%(class of 2020)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
  • NA:
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Early Childhood

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

Birth Outcomes

68%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 63%
<5
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
0
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years

Early Care & Education

2,344
Licensed Child Care Slots
19% of DC Total
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
387
Public Pre-K Enrollment

Poverty Under 5

60%
Black
DC 49%
212
2%
White
DC 1%
<100
5%
Latinx
DC 14%
<100
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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

961
SNAP Children Enrollment
2% of DC Total
5,993
Population Per Grocery Store
8,824 of DC Total

In 2023 (fiscal year), 3 children entered foster care which is 2% of the District total.

Adolescent Well-Being

2
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
2% of DC Total of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 0% of DC youth arrests were in Police District 2 (which includes wards 2 and 3), which is much lower than the 14% of DC youth in the two wards. The pandemic didn’t change this under-representation (see below)

8%
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

48,844
Registered Voters (March 2024)
11% of DC Total
Eligible Voters by Age
13%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters

Demographics of Registered Voters

10%
Black
DC 44%
78%
White
DC 47%
5%
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.