Tuesday, January 31, 2006

New York City Youth Stats and Reference Information


  • 1,956,934 children under 18 live in NYC (25% of overall population of 8 million)
  • 470,164 between 15-19 years old
  • Approximately 5 million live in Greater New York (overall population of 21 million)


  • Population of NYC public schools: 1.1 million students (By itself, the tenth largest city in U.S.; larger than eight U.S. states and all but nine U.S. cities, including: Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Las Vegas.)
  • Annual Budget of the NYC Department of Education: Total: $12,200,000,000 ($12.2 billion) / Average: $11,220 per student
  • As of June 2002, 18% of teachers had failed licensing exams.
  • 60.7% of the City's elementary students do not meet state and city reading standards.
  • 64.7% do not grasp math standards.
  • 26.5% of students in Grades 4-12 exhibit symptoms of at least one diagnosable psychiatric disorder requiring intervention.
  • 5.1% of high school students abuse alcohol so severely as to impair daily functioning.
  • Less than half of all high school students (49.5%) graduate in four years, compared to 68.4% nationally.
  • 21.8% of the class of 2002 dropped out of high school


  • Three out of ten children (28.8%) live below poverty, compared to 17.6% nationally
  • Over half of babies born in NYC (55.5%) are born into poor families
  • 72% of Latino and 61% of African American children live in poor families
  • 37% of young children 0-4 years (202,000) receive WIC (food assistance)



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