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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.