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 3 Snapshot

Population: 79,851
12% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (Feb 2024): 52,939
12% of DC Total
Councilmember: Matthew Frumin
SBOE Representative: Eric Goulet
Poverty Rate: 8%
Median Income for Families with Children: $250,000+
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 81%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2023): 1,373
11% of DC Total
Ward 3 Map Boundary
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Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 3 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age

13,570
11% of DC Total

The population of children is growing very slightly (+1%), similar to DC as a whole.

DC +5%

The population of young adults is declining (-18%) at a similar rate to DC as a whole.

DC -19%
Children, Youth, and Young Adults by Age

Child Population by Race

4%
Black
DC 53%
501 children and youth under 18
65%
White
DC 22%
8834 children and youth under 18
17%
Latinx
DC 17%
2298 children and youth under 18
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Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty

14%
Black
DC 33%
<100 children and youth
0%
White
DC 2%
<100 children and youth
1%
Latinx
DC 15%
<100 children and youth

Employment

254
Summer Youth Employment Program 2022 Participation
2% of DC Total

Housing Insecurity

31%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 33%
97
Students experiencing homelessness in this ward's schools
1% 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

18%
Black Students
Black Teachers 25%
48%
White Students
White Teachers 51%
21%
Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 12%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
  • Teachers New to the Profession: 3%(22-23)
  • Commute Length: 1.3 Miles: 1.3 Miles(21-22)
  • DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 205(18-19)
  • AB/IB Participation: 83%(22-23)
  • School Suspensions: 3%(18-19)
  • School Arrests: 1% of DCPS Arrests(18-19)
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
  • DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 456(22-23)
  • Afterschool program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 10%
  • Summer program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 18%(2022)
  • Learn24 OST Program Seats: 3%(FY23 projection, excluding special competitions)
  • DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 0%(21-22)

Educational Outcomes

60%
Math Proficiency
DC 22%
91%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 76%
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
  • Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 70%(18-19)
  • All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 71%(22-23)
  • Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 43%(21-22)
  • Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 76%(18-19)
  • All Students Math Proficiency: 60%(22-23)
  • Black Students Math Proficiency: 24%(21-22)
  • Passing AB/IB Exam: 66%(22-23)
  • High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 91%(22-23)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 71%(class of 2020)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
  • N/A:
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Early Childhood

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

Birth Outcomes

76%
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

1,373
Licensed Child Care Slots
11% of DC Total
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
434
Public Pre-K Enrollment

Poverty Under 5

0%
Black
DC 25%
<100 children
0%
White
DC 1%
<100 children
5%
Latinx
DC 14%
<100 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

414
SNAP Children Enrollment
1% of DC Total
4991
Population Per Grocery Store
8,824 of DC Total

In 2023 (fiscal year), 4 children entered foster care which is 3% of the District total.

Adolescent Well-Being

suppressed
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)

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

52,939
Registered Voters (Feb 2024)
12% of DC Total
Eligible Voters by Age
12
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters

Demographics of Registered Voters

2%
Black
DC 44%
89%
White
DC 47%
4%
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.