Friday, November 14, 2008

My Town

Here are some facts specific to the area around Mulberry House. (Our source is the U.S. Census Bureau)

According to the 2000 census: 3,129 families in Clark County are living in poverty.

In 2000: 5,531 Children were living in poverty in Clark County. Of these, 1,785 were under the age of 5.

Black and Hispanic children in Clark County were twice as likely to live in poverty compared with white and Asian children.

Clark County's infant mortality rate is 8.1 per 1000 compared to the state rate of 7.8 per 1000.

Birth rate to teen girls (ages 15-19) in Clark County is 90.6 per 1000 female population. Compare that to the Ohio rate of 75.1 per 1000.

Teen Birth Rates(per 1000 teens aged 15-19):

Netherlands- 5.5
France- 10
Germany- 12.5
Ohio- 38
United States- 41
Clark County (that's us)- 50

Manufacturing Job Loss from 2000-2004: 31.7% (3,697 jobs)

Total Job Loss from 2000-2004: 11.7% (6,798 jobs)

In 2003, 1 of every 60 homes experienced foreclosure. This represents a 69.4% increase in foreclosures between 2000 and 2003.

In 2000, Clark County had the number one foreclosure rate in the nation.

Where do people stay when they are unsheltered? People replied with the following answers: hotel, public park, alley, car, truck, RV, tent or in the woods, abandoned building, or with family and friends.

Specific to Springfield:

Population of Springfield: 65,358

Poverty rate: 16.9% of the population, 13.5% of families

In Springfield, 11,045 are living in poverty.

3,998 are children.

23.9% of those under the age of 18 are living below the poverty line. This means that roughly 1 in 4 children is living in poverty.

Springfield City Schools ranked in the top 100 poorest schools based on taxpayer income.

The poverty rate in the Mulberry Street neighborhood is 37.1%, four times the national average.

In 2003, the divorce rate in Springfield was 95%.

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