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City of Cleveland, Cleveland Ward 11, Cleveland Ward 12, Cleveland Ward 14, Cleveland Ward 15, Cleveland Ward 3, Poverty

High poverty rate present in all City Council Wards in Plain Press coverage area

(Plain Press, January 2018)          The Center for Community Solutions, a local nonprofit think tank which focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues, released a series of demographic profiles in late 2017. Data in the profiles on the city of Cleveland, and on individual City Council Wards in Cleveland, compiled by The Center for Community Solutions, show the pervasive presence of poverty in the city of Cleveland and in the City Council Wards served by the Plain Press.

The Center for Community Solutions’ Profile of the city of Cleveland, using 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, put the city of Cleveland’s population at 390,584 with 137,585 people (36.2%) living in poverty. The report notes the percentage of children under the age of 17 in the city of Cleveland living in poverty was 53.5%. According to federal poverty guidelines for a single parent with two children to be classified as living in poverty, their family income would need to be $20,090 or less. The median household income in Cleveland was $26,150 with 61.3% of the city of Cleveland’s population, or 242,874 people, considered persons living in or near poverty (under 200% of the federal poverty rate). A measure of deep poverty, persons with income at 50% or more below the federal poverty rate, noted 18.2% of Clevelanders were living in conditions of deep poverty.

City Council Wards 3, 11, 12, 14 and 15, with some or all of their territory in the Plain Press service area, also have high poverty rates.

In Ward 3, served by City Council Representative Kerry McCormack, was estimated to have a total population of 25,055.  The number of persons living in poverty was estimated at 38.7% of the population or 8,793 people. The childhood poverty rate is estimated at 61.8%.

Ward 3, which includes affluent areas in Ohio City and Tremont neighborhoods, has a higher median income ($35,314) than Cleveland as a whole, yet its poverty rate at 38.7% is higher than the City of Cleveland’s poverty rate of 36.2%. The number of people in Ward 3 living in deep poverty (income less than 50% of the poverty rate) at 18.8% was also higher than the city average, but the number of persons, 13,381, with family income under 200% of the federal poverty rate was 58.9%, less than the city average of 61.3%.

In Ward 11, served by City Council Representative Dona Brady, the total population is estimated at 25,050. The profile estimates 32.7% of the population living in poverty, or 8,793 people. 61.8% of children in the ward were estimated to be living in poverty. 18.8% of the population was estimated to be living in deep poverty. 58.9% of the population, or 15,717 people, were considered persons living in or near poverty with family income under 200% of the federal poverty rate. The median household income in Ward 11 is listed at $29,150.

In Ward 12, served by Councilman Tony Brancatelli, the total population is estimated at 24,254. The profile estimates 39.2% of the population living in poverty, or 9, 476 people. The poverty rate for children under the age of 17 was estimated at 59.4%. The percentage of residents of the ward living in deep poverty was estimated at 16.8%. The number of persons in or near poverty with family income under 200% of the federal poverty rate was estimated at 62.7% of the ward’s population, or 15,175 people. The median household income in Ward 12 is listed at $26,505.

In Ward 14, now represented by newly elected Councilperson Jasmin Santana, the population is estimated to be 23,468. The profile estimates that 43.1% of the population or 10,003 people are living in poverty. The poverty rate for children under the age of 17 is 60.8%. The percentage of people in the ward estimated to be living in deep poverty is 20.7%. The percentage of people in the ward estimated to living in or near poverty with family income under 200% of the federal poverty rate is 71.8%, or 16,661 people. The Median Household Income in Ward 14 is listed at $23,431.

In Ward 15, served by City Council Representative Matt Zone, the ward population is estimated to be 24,352.  The profile estimates that 38.2% of the population, 9.101 people, had family income below the poverty line. 54.5% of the children in Ward 15 were living in families with income below the poverty line. The percentage of persons in the ward living in deep poverty was estimated at 17.2%. The number of persons in the ward living at or near poverty with family income under 200% of the federal poverty rate was estimated at 62.7%, or 14,950 people. The Median Household Income in Ward 15 is listed at $26,344.

Editor’s Note: To view or download the profile for your City Council Ward visit: www.CommunitySolutions.com/WardProfiles. The Center for Community Solutions notes sources for its data include the 2011-2015 American Communities Survey 5 Year Estimates as calculated by the Northeast Ohio Data Information Services (NODIS) at Cleveland State University. It warns that because of the small areas being studied the margins of error may be high and differences between areas should be interpreted with caution.

 

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