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 5 Snapshot

Population: 89,628
13% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (Feb 2024): 64,216
14% of DC Total
Councilmember: Zachary Parker
SBOE Representative: Robert Henderson
Poverty Rate: 15%
Median Income for Families with Children: $107,268
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 57%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2023): 1,451
12% of DC Total
Ward 5 Map Boundary
Demographics Icon

Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 5 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age

17,307
Children and Youth Under 18
14% of DC Total

The population of children is growing faster (+14%) compared to DC as a whole.

DC +5%

The population of young adults is declining at a similar rate (-15%) as DC as a whole.

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

Child Population by Race

60%
Black
DC 53%
Black
16%
White
DC 22%
White
17%
Latinx
DC 17%
Latine
Economic Justice Icon

Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty

23%
Black
DC 33%
2385 Children and Youth Under 18 in Poverty
8%
White
DC 2%
219 Children and Youth Under 18 in Poverty
16%
Latinx
DC 15%
450 Children and Youth Under 18 in Poverty

Employment

Median Family Income
2,040
Summer Youth Employment Program 2022 Participation
15% of DC Total

Housing Insecurity

38%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%
2050
Students experiencing homelessness in this ward's schools
23% of DC Total
Education Icon

Education

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

Public School Student Enrollment

68%
Black Students
Black Teachers 57%
9%
White Students
White Teachers 20%
18%
Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 11%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
  • DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 303(22-23)
  • School Suspensions: 17%(18-19)
  • School Arrests: 10% of DCPS Arrests(18-19)
  • Afterschool program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 60%
  • Summer program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 25%
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
  • Commute Length: 2.2 Miles(21-22)
  • DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 98(18-19)
  • Learn24 OST Program Seats: 9% of DC total(FY23 projections, excluding special competitions)
  • DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 12%(21-22)
  • Teachers New to the Profession: 11%(22-23)
  • AB/IB Participation: 58%(22-23)

Educational Outcomes

18%
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: 30%(18-19)
  • Black Students Language Arts Proficiency:: 22%(21-22)
  • Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 39%(18-19)
  • Black Students Math Proficiency: 11%(21-22)
  • High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87%(22-23)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 58%(class of 2020)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
  • All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 31%(22-23)
  • All Students Math Proficiency: 18%(22-23)
  • Passing AB/IB Exams: 15%(22-23)
Early Childhood Icon

Early Childhood

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

Birth Outcomes

64%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 63
8
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
DC 21
4
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
DC 11

Early Care & Education

1451
Licensed Child Care Slots
12% of DC Total
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
2117
Public Pre-K Enrollment
16 of DC Total

Poverty Under 5

21%
Black
DC 57%
493 Children in Poverty
4%
White
DC 1%
<100 Children in Poverty
19%
Latinx
DC 14%
297 Children in Poverty
Health & Safety Icon

Health & Safety

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

Access to Nutrition & Basic Needs

6612
SNAP Children Enrollment
13% of DC Total
14938
Population Per Grocery Store
8824 of DC Total

In 2023 (fiscal year), 21 children entered foster care which is 15% of the District total.

Adolescent Well-Being

12
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
11% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 14% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 5 (roughly this ward), which is consistent with the 14% of DC teens living there. The pandemic didn’t change this level of representation (see below).

10%
High School Suicide Attempts
12% of DC Total

Policing of Children

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

Voting & Democracy

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

Voting Population

64,216
Registered Voters (Feb 2024)
14% of DC Total
Eligible Voters by Age
13%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters

Demographics of Registered Voters

65%
Black
DC 44%
28%
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.