Saturday, December 14, 2019

Holiday Poverty Estimates from the Census Bureau: Johnstown SD Ranks 84th Nationally.


The Census Bureau has come out with its annual Small Income and Poverty Estimates for each county and school District in the US for 2018.  The above graph shows the 20 year trend in estimates of the percentage of students in poverty for the US, Pennsylvania, Greater Johnstown (GJSD), Ferndale, Richland, and Westmont school districts.  These districts are chosen as they are adjacent to GJSD.  The top 10 school districts in terms of poverty rate in Pennsylvania are listed below.

Greater Johnstown once again has the highest poverty rate for children ages 5-17 in the state out of 500 school districts at 46.7%.  Nationally it ranks 84th out of 13,207 school districts or in the 99th percentile in poverty.  The above graph shows that this trend has been increasing for GJSD.  The rates for the US, Pennsylvania, and the other school districts have remained relatively stable over the last 10 years by comparison.  

The Ferndale SD is also above the state (15.9%) and national (17.0%) rates for 2018 at 26.2%.  Richland and Westmont were virtually identical at 10.7% and 11.0% respectively.  Next I will comment on overall poverty trends for Cambria County and the City of Johnstown.  The 2020 census is coming soon and they are looking to hire census takers.  Whether or not you want to work on it you should participate to ensure that they will have the best possible estimates of the US, state and local populations.


District Name
Grade range of responsibility
Total Population
Relevant Ages 5 to 17 Population
Relevant Ages 5 to 17 in Families in Poverty
Relevant age 5 to 17 Ratio %
Greater Johnstown School District (PA)
KG-12
25,338
3,392
1,584
46.7
Aliquippa School District (PA)
KG-12
9,117
1,249
582
46.6
Farrell Area School District (PA)
PK-12
5,299
811
356
43.9
Harrisburg City School District (PA)
KG-12
51,186
8,835
3,620
41
Clairton City School District (PA)
KG-12
6,771
857
344
40.1
Salisbury-Elk Lick School District (PA)
KG-12
2,824
461
185
40.1
New Castle Area School District (PA)
PK-12
23,013
3,272
1,228
37.5
Sharon City School District (PA)
KG-12
13,299
2,003
752
37.5
Duquesne City School District (PA)
PK-12
5,540
939
349
37.2
Steelton-Highspire School District (PA)
KG-12
8,672
1,498
552
36.8
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