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 4 Snapshot

Population: 86071
13% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (Feb 2024): 57,070
13% of DC Total
Councilmember: Janeese Lewis George
SBOE Representative: Frazier O’Leary
Poverty Rate: 9%
Median Income for Families with Children Under Age 18: $167,949
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 61%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2023): 1,750
14% of DC Total
Ward 4 Map Boundary
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Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 4 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age

20,747
17% of DC Total

The population of children is growing much faster (+21%) compared to DC as a whole.

DC +5%

The population of young adults is growing slightly (+5%) while decreasing in DC as a whole.

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

Child Population by Race

41%
Black
DC 53%
8502 Children and Youth Under Age 18
21%
White
DC 22%
4307 Children and Youth Under Age 18
31%
Latinx
DC 17%
6349 Children and Youth Under Age 18
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Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty

13%
Black
DC 33%
1111 Children and Youth Under Age 18 in Poverty
0%
White
DC 2%
<100 Children and Youth Under Age 18 in Poverty
14%
Latinx
DC 15%
895 Children and Youth Under Age 18 in Poverty

Employment

Median Family Income
1643
Summer Youth Employment Program 2022 Participation (Applied and Were Eligible)
12% of DC Total

Housing Insecurity

32%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%
1072
Students experiencing homelessness in this ward's schools
12% 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

42%
Black Students
Black Teachers 38%
14%
White Students
White Teachers 38%
39%
Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 13%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
  • Teachers New to the Profession: 18%(21-22)
  • Commute Length: 1.8 Miles(21-22)
  • DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 244(22-23)
  • DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 144(18-19)
  • School Suspensions: 10%(18-19)
  • School Arrests: 6% of DCPS Arrests(18-19)
  • Afterschool program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 48%
  • Summer program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 26%(2022)
  • DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 25%(21-22)
  • Learn24 OST Program Seats: 15%(FY23 projection, excluding special competitions)
  • AB/IB Participation: 63%(22-23)

Educational Outcomes

21%
Math Proficiency
DC 19%
70%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 75%
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
  • Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 37%(18-19)
  • All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 33%(21-22)
  • Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 25%(21-22)
  • Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 48%(18-19)
  • All Students Math Proficiency: 21%(21-22)
  • Black Students Math Proficiency: 13%(21-22)
  • Passing AB/IB Exams: 49%(21-22)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 53%(class of 2020)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
  • High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 70%(21-22)
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Early Childhood

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

Birth Outcomes

60%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 63%
<5
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
1
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
DC 3%

Early Care & Education

1750
Licensed Child Care Slots
14% of DC Total
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
1801
Public Pre-K Enrollment
14% of DC Total

Poverty Under 5

21%
Black
DC 38%
416 Children in Poverty
0%
White
DC 1%
<100 Children in Poverty
5%
Latinx
DC 14%
<100 Children in Poverty
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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

4970
SNAP Children Enrollment
10% of DC Total
7825
Population Per Grocery Store
8824 of DC Total

In 2023 (fiscal year), 18 children entered foster care which is 13% of the District total.

Adolescent Well-Being

19
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
15 of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 12% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 4 (roughly this ward), which is lower than the 17% of DC teens living there. The pandemic didn’t change this under-representation (see below).

9%
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

57,070
Registered Voters (Feb 2024)
13% of DC Total
Eligible Voters by Age
12%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters

Demographics of Registered Voters

53%
Black
DC 44%
35%
White
DC 47%
9%
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.