Despite our Successes, Economic Need is Growing
- Unemployment has decreased, but the number of people in poverty has remained stagnant since 2010 – a reflection of the increase in the population of working poor.
- 26% of children in Franklin County live below the poverty level and about 49% receive reduced or free school lunches.
- Over the last 10 years, the percent of children in poverty has increased in every county in Ohio.
- In 2014, 415,231 Franklin County residents – 34% of the population – lived on incomes below the 200% of poverty level needed to meet basic needs of food, shelter, transportation, healthcare and taxes.
Inequality is Growing
- The Columbus metro area is the second most economically segregated metro area in the nation.
- Working people of color earn significantly less than their white counterparts. While 71% of the white population in Columbus earns at least $15 per hour, only 56% of people of color earn this much.
Need is Concentrated in Certain Neighborhoods
- Need is greatest in the following neighborhoods: Central Hilltop, West Franklinton, South Linden, Near East Side, Southside, and Milo-Grogan
- New emerging areas of need can be found in suburban regions of central Ohio.
- The concentrated need in these neighborhoods is a direct result of discriminatory policies throughout history.
- Racially/ethnically restrictive covenants, racial zoning, expulsive zoning, and other methods have kept neighborhoods divided.
- The redlining policies originating in the late 1930’s discriminated against communities of color by denying financial services to these neighborhoods.
We are Becoming More Diverse
- By 2040, 40% of the Columbus metro area will be non-white, changing in a way that mirrors the demographic changes of the United States as a whole.
- There are major disparities between white and non-white residents of central Ohio.
- The child poverty rates for the Black or African American population and the Hispanic and Latino population are more than double that of the White population.
- In order for Columbus to have a robust workforce in the future, the quality of life for our
children of color needs to improve.