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 7 Snapshot

Population: 89870
13% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (Feb 2024): 58,746
13% of DC Total
Councilmember: Vincent C. Gray
SBOE Representative: Eboni-Rose Thompson
Poverty Rate: 24%
Median Income for Families with Children: $61,128
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 49%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2023): 1,229
10% of DC Total
Ward 7 Map Boundary
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Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 7 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age

21839
Children and Youth Under 18
18% of DC Total

The population of children is growing faster than (+16%) as DC as a whole.

DC +5%

The population of young adults is declining at a slower rate (-14%) as DC as a whole.

DC -19%
Children and Youth Populations Over Time

Child Population by Race

85%
Black
DC 53%
18,657 children and youth
4%
White
DC 22%
960 children and youth
8%
Latinx
DC 17%
1850 children and youth
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Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty

37%
Black
DC 33%
6,858 children and youth
1%
White
DC 2%
<100 children and youth
21%
Latinx
DC 15%
381 children and youth

Employment

Median Family Income
3734
Summer Youth Employment Program 2022 Participation
28% of DC Total

Housing Insecurity

43%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%
1692
Students experiencing homelessness in this ward's schools
19% 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

94%
Black Students
Black Teachers 72%
1%
White Students
White Teachers 14%
4%
Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 3%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
  • Teachers New to the Profession: 8%(2022-23)
  • School Arrests: 9% of DCPS Arrests(2018-19)
  • Summer program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 23%(2022)
  • Learn24 OST Program Seats: 21%(FY23 projection, excluding special competitions)
  • DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 17%(2021-22)
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
  • Commute Length: 3 Miles(2021-22)
  • DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 541(2022-23)
  • DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 119(2018-19)
  • AB/IB Participation: 33%(2022-23)
  • School Suspensions: 19%(2018-19)
  • Afterschool program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 35%

Educational Outcomes

10%
Math Proficiency
DC 22%
75%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 76%
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
  • Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 17%(2021-22)
  • Black Students Math Proficiency: 9%(2021-22)
  • High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75%(2022-23)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
  • Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 24%(2018-19)
  • All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 19%(2022-23)
  • Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 32%(2018-19)
  • All Students Math Proficiency: 10%(2022-23)
  • Passing AB/IB Exams: 16%(2022-23)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 41%(class of 2020)
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Early Childhood

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

Birth Outcomes

56%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 63%
14
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
DC 36%
7
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
DC 19%

Early Care & Education

1,229
Licensed Child Care Slots
10% of DC Total
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
2,456
Public Pre-K Enrollment
19% of DC Total

Poverty Under 5

33%
Black
DC 72%
1829 children
0%
White
DC 1%
<100 children
7%
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

12,670
SNAP Children Enrollment (2021)
25% of DC Total
22,468
Population Per Grocery Store
8,824 of DC Total

In 2023 (fiscal year), 24 children entered foster care which is 18% of the District total.

Adolescent Well-Being

24
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
23% of DC Total

In 2020 nearly half (44%) of the incidents in which police pointed a firearm at a person younger than eighteen were in Police District 6 (roughly this ward), which is higher than the 16% of DC teens living there. This was just one form of over-representation in police interactions (see below).

14%
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

58,746
Registered Voters (Feb 2024)
13% of DC Total
Eligible Voters by Age
13%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters

Demographics of Registered Voters

87%
Black
DC 44%
10%
White
DC 47%
2%
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.