| ECONOMIC TRENDS BY WARD
Ward 3 and Ward 8 have the most tax-exempt property, Wards 2, 3, and 8 have the most federal property, although the acreage in Ward 8 is way under-utilized. Wards 2, 3, and 5 hold the most acreage for non-profits, ranging from hospitals and embassies, to large tracts for religious and veterans' needs.
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The number of households is larger in the three northwest Wards, while the proportion of households in povery is higher in Wards 5 through 8.
There is more than a 2:1 variation in household income (darker bars, right-hand chart) with Ward 3 at the top, but of far greater interest to NARPAC is the variation in the lighte colored bars depicting median household income per child. While kids are certainly not the only household expense, nor even the largest, this measure may be a useful--if unusual--measure of the kids' standard of living, and possibly their aspirations for the future. From this aspect, the future is not promising for the kids of Wards 5, 7, and 8.
This NARPAC parameter of median household income per child is displayed again more graphically on a map of the District. It again points out the large disparity between the six wards west of the Anacostia River, and the two unfortunate wards to the west.
of Ward Productivity
In short, only two Wards (2 and 3) take in significantly more in revenues than they spend in city services and federal aid. Wards 4 and 6 are essentially a wash within the accuracy of these estimates, but Wards 1, 5, 7, and 8 are in no small measure indebted to the productivity of Wards 2 and 3. It should be strongly in the interests of these two prosperous wards to encourage the economic development of their very poor cousins!
This page was updated on Oct 5, 2000
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