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 6 Snapshot

Population: 80,772
12% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (Feb 2024): 62,404
14% of DC Total
Councilmember: Charles Allen
SBOE Representative: Brandon Best
Poverty Rate: 12%
Median Income for Families with Children: $234,549
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 56%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2023): 1,600
14% of DC Total
Ward 6 Map Boundary
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Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 6 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age

10,222
Children and Youth Under 18
8% of DC Total

The population of children in the ward is decreasing compared to DC overall, but that may be due to children who had previously been in ward 6 now being in other wards due to the shift in boundaries.

The population of young adults (18-24) decreased less (-10%) than DC overall.

DC -19%
Children, Youth, and Young Adult Population Over Time (changes between 2021 and 2022 numbers may be due to ward boundary shifts)

Child Population by Race

26%
Black
DC 53%
2,695 Children and Youth Under 18
46%
White
DC 22%
4,695 Children and Youth Under 18
13%
Latinx
DC 17%
1356 Children and Youth Under 18
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Economic Justice

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Child Poverty

57%
Black
DC 33%
1,470 children and youth (under 18) in poverty
0%
White
DC 2%
<100 children and youth (under 18) in poverty
12%
Latinx
DC 15%
163 children and youth (under 18) in poverty

Employment

Median Family Income
775
Summer Youth Employment Program 2022 Participation
6% of DC Total

Housing Insecurity

32%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%
500
Students experiencing homelessness in this ward's schools
6% of DC Total
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Education

Public School Student Enrollment

65%
Black Students
Black Teachers 51%
22%
White Students
White Teachers 31%
7%
Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 5%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
  • Teachers New to the Profession: 7%(2022-23)
  • Commute Length: 1.7 Miles(2021-22)
  • DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 148(2018-19)
  • School Arrests: 12% of DCPS Arrests(2018-19)
  • AB/IB Participation: 99%(2022-23)
  • Afterschool program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 51%
  • Summer program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 25%
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
  • DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 512(2022-23)
  • School Suspensions: 16%(2018-19)
  • Learn24 OST Program Seats: 8%(FY23 projection, excluding special competitions)
  • DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 10%(2021-22)

Educational Outcomes

26%
Math Proficiency
DC 22%
84%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 76%
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
  • Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 40%(2018-19)
  • All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 42%(2022-23)
  • Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 25%(2021-22)
  • Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 47%(2018-19)
  • All Students Math Proficiency: 26%(2022-23)
  • Black Students Math Proficiency: 10%(2021-22)
  • Passing AB/IB Exams: 52%(2022-23)
  • High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84%(2022-23)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 74%(class of 2020)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
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Early Childhood

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Birth Outcomes

75%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 63%
0
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
3
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
DC 8%

Early Care & Education

1,600
Licensed Child Care Slots
14% of DC Total
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
1,137
Public Pre-K Enrollment
9% of DC Total

Poverty Under 5

46%
Black
DC 51%
329 children in poverty
0%
White
DC 1%
<100 children in poverty
0%
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

2,819
SNAP Children Enrollment
6% of DC Total
8,077
Population Per Grocery Store
8,824 of DC Total

In 2023 (fiscal year), 12 children entered foster care which is 9% of the District total.

Adolescent Well-Being

15
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
6% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 11% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 1 (roughly this ward), which is higher than the 9% of DC youth. The pandemic didn’t change this over-representation (see below).

13%
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

62,404
Registered Voters (Feb 2024)
14% of DC Total
Eligible Voters by Age
13%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters

Demographics of Registered Voters

19%
Black
DC 44%
73%
White
DC 47%
3%
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.