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Kids Count Survey: City Sees Drop in Child Population, Increase in Family Poverty

The statewide advocacy group announced its "RI Kids Count Factbook," based on the 2010 census.

East Providence's under-18 population dropped about 13 percent in the last decade, the advocacy group RI Kids Count announced in its 2012 RI Kids Count Factbook, released this week at an event in Warwick.

According to the statewide survey, East Providence's under-18 population fell from 10,546 in 2000 to 9,177 in 2010, a reduction of about 13 percent. The state's total childhood population fell by about 9 percent.

East Providence's average cost of rent increased a bit, starting at $1,119 in 2010 and increasing slightly to $1,170 in 2011.

Higher housing costs were among the key factors that the groups said have "a negative impact" on children's potential to learn and succeed in the workplace.

The RI Kids Count survey reviewed 2010 census data for all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island, and also found that about 66 percent of all children considered to be living in poverty — defined as annual household income of $18,123 for a family of three with two children — were located in four communities: Woonsocket, Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence.

Though East Providence's poverty rate increased over the past decade. The percentage of children living in families below the federal poverty threshhold was 10.8 percent in 2000; it increased to 15.2 percent by 2010. The state's average decreased by .2 percent.

“Children live in poverty in every Rhode Island community,” Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant said in a statement.

A concerned Citizen April 03, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Is anyone surprised that kids living in/at poverty level has increased in East Providence?? Really is anyone surprised...its only going to get worse. I truly am at a point that i can't afford my home, my bills and everything else that keeps going up here in east providence and its only going to get worse. If i could sell my house i would be out of here so fast but thanks to all the years of unsupervised politics i'm trapped...eventually to the point of possibly going bankrupt...but then again I can claim bankruptcy and get bailed out....I guess i am a real American because i too can get bailed out. I may hurt my credit but at this point i wouldn't have to be using all my credit to survive.
EPfan April 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Less kids in the school system, so you would think that it would make sense to merge school districts. Here's a question: if there are less kids, then why does the budget keep ging up???
S April 05, 2012 at 02:43 AM
the budget goes up because the wonderful Chrissy Rossi is giving the money away. over 2 million dollars in raises and bonuses for her union friends and of course VAL LAWSON ..... the heavy sisters
S April 05, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Chrissy's policy .... pay the teachers more ... lower the bar..... advertise on the school website .... and pretend its for the kids
S April 05, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Chriisy and John what a pair
Govstench April 05, 2012 at 10:47 AM
And now the non-profits are getting hit, further hurting the relief to these impoverished families. Mismanagement of the government will hurt you every time.
taxpayer April 05, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I don't know? Why has gasoline increased by over $1 in the past year? Costs go up, its called the "cost of living"... And the US Government and the State keep adding rules and "mandates" that increase education costs... Why has the city side of the budget increased more than the school side for the last 5 years???
Rags 1 April 05, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Gasoline prices are going up because of the Commodoties and Futures Traders on Wall St and the world market speculating on prices and causing artificially high prices for crude raising them to $107 p/barrel instead of the supply and demand price of $60.00 p/barrel. The Arabs say there is plenty of oil and suggest we blame Wall St.--they are right. 12 years ago, Congress exempted oil and cooper from the futures markets and allowed speculation--this is the result--insider trading anyone!!

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