Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2011-11-30 "Census: more Vallejo kids are in poverty; City has highest in Solano County" by Lanz Christian Bañes from "Vallejo Times-Herald" newspaper
About one in five school-age children in Vallejo are impoverished, according to new data released Tuesday.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in the geographic area covered by the Vallejo City Unified School District, about 3,811 children between the ages of 5 and 7 were reportedly poor in 2010.
About 60 percent of the district's students qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program, according to October 2010 figures from the state department of education.
At 19 percent, Vallejo has the highest percentage of school-age children living in poverty in Solano County.
Though the area encompassed by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District also has about 3,800 school-aged children living in poverty, the area covered by the district is larger than Vallejo's and includes about 10,000 more people.
That means the Fairfield-Suisun district has about 15 percent of its school-age children living in poverty, according to the Census.
In the last decade, the numbers and percentage of impoverished school-age Vallejo children has been steadily rising. In 2000, about 3,000, or 12 percent, of school-age children were living in poverty in Vallejo.
Children within the Benicia Unified School District boundaries were the least likely in the county to be in poverty, with about 8 percent, or 400 children ages 5 to 17, in poverty.

By the numbers -
School-age children 5 to 7 years old living in poverty in 2010
* Vallejo: 3,811, 19 percent of total school-age population
* Fairfield-Suisun: 3,800, 15 percent
* Dixon: 559, 12 percent
* Vacaville: 1,636, 12 percent
* Travis: 392, 8 percent
* Benicia: 399, 8 percent
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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