Income & Poverty Spotlight

A City Breaking Apart: The Incomes of DC’s Poorest Residents are Falling, While Economic Growth is Benefiting Better-Off Residents

DC’s poorest families have suffered a dramatic loss of income since the Great Recession, while higher-income families have seen their earnings rise. The income of the poorest DC households is now lower than in most major cities, and far lower than in the DC suburbs, an especially serious problem in a region where the cost […]

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When Every Dollar Counts: Child Poverty Has Lasting Negative Effects, But Even Small Income Boosts Can Help

A large and growing body of research finds that family economic stability – or the lack thereof – can have lasting impacts on a child’s ability to succeed in school and in later life. The challenges poor parents face in creating a positive environment for their children – poor food access, unstable and unhealthy housing, […]

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Two Paths to Better Jobs for DC Residents: Improved Training and Stronger Job Protections

Summary The growing job challenges of DC residents without a college education – including falling wages, stubbornly high unemployment, and an economy where job growth is concentrated in industries requiring advanced education and skills – highlight the urgency of helping more residents get better jobs. The District can tackle this challenge by implementing bold reforms […]

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While DC Continues to Recover from Recession, Communities of Color Continue to Face Challenges

The District economy continues to grow, but communities of color are still facing difficult challenges, based on new income and poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Some 18,000 more DC residents were poor in 2014 than in 2007, before the last recession, with African Americans being hardest hit. The findings highlight the need for DC […]

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Of Interest

The District of Columbia’s poverty rate is far above the national average and has remained high even in periods of strong economic growth.DC’s poverty rate rose significantly during the early 2000s, reaching a peak in 2005-2006.  The number of low-income DC residents began rising again in 2009 as a result of the economic recession.

Recent trends in poverty in the District


A Dissapointing Day for Large Retail Employees But Hope for a Higher DC Minimum Wage Soon (District’s Dime)

Many Working Families Can’t Afford DC’s High Cost of Living (District’s Dime)

Income Inequality Gap in D.C. One off Nation’s Widest (Washington Post)