Wake County Public School System average daily membership (2019-20 ) 161,907 students and 51,731 on free and reduced-price lunch program.
Source: Wake County Public School System, 2019

  • One in five North Carolinian’s live in poverty. One in four North Carolina children live in poverty, and more than one in ten live in extreme poverty.

  • NC Poverty rate is at 21.3%

  • ‚ÄčNumber of African American and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 585,000

  • Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 36%
  • Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 36.4%

Source: Public Schools First NC

In the Wake school system, 5,750 students were considered homeless during the 2019-20 school year
Source: The News and Observer

Homeless children:

  • Get sick four times as much as other children;

  • Experience three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems;

  • Have twice the levels of learning disabilities;

  • Are four times as likely to show delayed development;

Source: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

  • 9.1% of the population lives below the federal poverty threshold.¬† The percent of the population below the federal poverty line indicates the financial resources of its citizens, and the ability of citizens to meet basic needs, like food, housing, education, transportation, and medical expenses.

  • 14 percent of the county’s children live in poverty

Source: Wake County Data and Indy Week

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