1. Most Newark kids live in a one-parent household.
About 22,300 households, or 64 percent, are headed by one parent, compared to 31 percent in the state, according to the latest available data from 2015. Nine percent of children in Newark were foreign-born in 2015 versus 5 percent in the state, the report says. Those numbers, the report says, have remained relatively steady over the past five years.
(Courtesy of Advocates for Children of New Jersey)
2. About 70 percent live in poverty.
The percentage of children under the age of 18 considered low-income remains high, at 70 percent, compared to the state average at 32 percent. The percentage of economically disadvantaged children in Newark has remained largely stagnant since 2011.
3. Many kids rely on school, SNAP for food.
About 30,900 students received free or reduced price lunch in the 2016-17 school year, data show. That’s a slight increase over the numbers who have received free or reduced lunch over the past five school years. According to the data, the number of city children receiving SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, rose 7 percent from 2012 to 2016.
Matt Dowling | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com