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 8 Snapshot

Population: 87,043
13% of DC Total
Registered to Vote (March 2024): 52,389
12% of DC Total
Councilmember: Trayon White, Sr.
SBOE Representative: Carlene Reid
Poverty Rate: 28%
Median Income for Families with Children: $45,138
Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 58%
Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2023): 1,627
13% of DC Total
Ward 8 Map Boundary
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Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 8 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age

24,091
Children and Youth Under 18
19% of DC Total

The population of children is decreasing (-7%) while DC as a whole’s is increasing slightly.

DC +5%

The population of young adults is declining faster (-28%) than DC as a whole.

DC -19%

Child Population by Race

85%
Black
DC 53%
20,535 children and youth
5%
White
DC 22%
1,230 children and youth
5%
Latinx
DC 17%
1298 children and youth
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Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty

38%
Black
DC 33%
7,737 children and youth
7%
White
DC 2%
<100 children and youth
16%
Latinx
DC 15%
207 children and youth

Employment

Median Family Income
3,898
Summer Youth Employment Program 2022 Participation
29% of DC Total

Housing Insecurity

49%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%
2143
Students experiencing homelessness in this ward's schools
24% 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 74%
1%
White Students
White Teachers 14%
3%
Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 3%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average
  • Teachers New to the Profession: 10%(2022-23)
  • Learn24 OST Program Seats: 24%(FY23 projection, excluding special competitions)
  • DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 23%(2021-22)
Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average
  • Commute Length: 3 Miles(2021-22)
  • DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 476(2022-23)
  • DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 112(2018-19)
  • AB/IB Participation: 26%(2022-23)
  • Out-of-School Suspensions: 8%(2022-23)
  • School Arrests: 42% of DCPS Arrests
  • Afterschool program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 35%
  • Summer program coverage for Elementary/Middle Grades: 20%(2022)

Educational Outcomes

9%
Math Proficiency
DC 22%
59%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 76%
Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average
  • Black Students Math Proficiency: 8%(2021-2022)
Lower Rates than Overall DC Average
  • Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 19%(2018-19)
  • All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 16%(2022-23)
  • Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 12%(2021-22)
  • Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 27%(2018-19)
  • All Students Math Proficiency: 9%(2022-23)
  • Passing AB/IB Exams: 7%(2022-23)
  • High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59%(2022-23)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 39%(2022-23)
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Early Childhood

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

Birth Outcomes

55%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 63%
9
Infant Mortality in a Single Year
DC 23%
16
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
DC 44%

Early Care & Education

1,627
Licensed Child Care Slots
13% of DC Total
Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot
2,754
Public Pre-K Enrollment
21% of DC Total

Poverty Under 5

38%
Black
DC 74%
2333 children
0%
White
DC 1%
<100 children
13%
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

17,637
SNAP Children Enrollment (2021)
35% of DC Total
29,014
Population Per Grocery Store
8,824 of DC Total

In 2023 (fiscal year), 41 children entered foster care which is 30% of the District total.

Adolescent Well-Being

29
Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
31% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 24% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 7 (roughly this ward), which is higher than the 22% of DC youth. This over-representation changed during the pandemic (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

52,389
Registered Voters (March 2024)
12% of DC Total
Eligible Voters by Age
12%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters

Demographics of Registered Voters

88%
Black
DC 44%
9%
White
DC 47%
1%
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.